Icelandic Photo Guide


Icelandic Photo Guide
A quick reference guide to the most photographed locations in Iceland.


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Akranesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Reinhard Prinzmeier





Aldeyjarfoss
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Photo: Derek Sutton





Arctic Henge
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Photo: Gregory Brandes





Bláhylur (Hnausapollur)
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Photo: Dieter Biskamp





Blue Lagoon
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Photo: Chris Yiu





Breiðavíkurkirkja Church
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Photo: Nando Pizzini





Brimketill lava rock pool
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Photo: Daito Zen





Brimnesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Arian Zwegers





Brúarfoss Waterfall
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Photo: Noppawat Charoensinphon





Búðakirkja (The Black Church of Búðir)
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Photo: Christopher Hall





Dalatangaviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Hálfdan Örlygsson





Dettifoss
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Photo: Chung Hu





Diamond Ice Beach
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Photo: Agnieszka Mordaunt





Digranesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Sirrý Jó





Djúpalónssandur Beach
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Photo: Roan Lavery





Djupivogur Lighthouse
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Photo: Laura Lorio





Dynjandi Waterfall
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Photo: Diego Delso





Dyrhólaey Lighthouse Overlook
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Photo: Donald Yip





Eldborg Crater
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Photo: Pascal Riemann





Eldhraun lava field
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Photo: Philip Klinger





Fjaðrárgljúfur (Feather Canyon)
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Photo: Agnieszka Mordaunt





Folaldafoss
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Photo: Alexander Grebenkov





Garðar BA 64
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Photo: Martin Cígler





Garðskagi Lighthouse
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Photo: Rafn Sig





Gatklettur
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Photo: Peter Böhringer





Gerðistangaviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Kristján Kristinsson





Gljúfrabúi
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Photo: Frederic Huber





Glymur Waterfall
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Photo: Peter Blurton





Goðafoss
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Photo: Konrad Kulis





Grafarkirkja (The oldest church in Iceland)
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Photo: Gunnar Gunnarsson





Grótta Island Lighthouse
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Photo: Ragna Ólöf Guðmundsdóttir





Grundarfoss
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Photo: Graeme Kelly





Gullfoss
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Photo: Diego de Crespos





Gunnuhver Hot Springs
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Photo: Jón Óskar Hauksson





Hafnarnesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Börkur Sigurbjörnsson





Hafragilsfoss
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Photo: Einar Schioth





Háifoss
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Photo: John Kuriyan





Hallgrímskirkja Church
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Photo: Jeff Moreau





Hálsanefshellir Cave
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Photo: RH&XL





Hellir Lighthouse
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Photo: Bjorn Thorvaldsson





Hellnar Church
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Photo: Peter Eastway





Hengifoss
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Photo: Jordi Doria Vidal





Hjörleifshöfði Cave
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Photo: Jean François Bonachera





Hofskirkja Church
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Photo: Henk Verheyen





Hólmsbergsviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Thorsteinn Egilson





Hópsnesviti Light Tower
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Photo: Anna Soffia Óskarsdóttir





Hrafnabjargafoss
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Photo: Vidar Sigurdsson





Hraunfossar
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Photo: Michela Cherubini





Hraunhafnartangi Lighthouse
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Photo: Michiel van Dijk





Hundafoss
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Photo: Adriana Serra





Husavik Arch
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Photo: Isabel & Steffen Synnatschke





Húsavíkurviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Bjorn Thorvaldsson





Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Photo: Iurie Belegurschi





Hvanneyjarviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Bjorn Thorvaldsson





Hverfjall Crater
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Photo: Andrea Moscato





Hvítserkur
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Photo: Rico Schiekel





Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
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Photo: Alexey Ivantsov





Kálfshamarsviti
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Photo: Finnur Tómasson Scott





Kerid Crater
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Photo: Josh Ellis





Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area
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Photo: Marcos Fernández Garrido





Ketubjörg cliffs (coastal waterfall)
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Photo: Arnthor &Aelig;varsson





Kirkjufell
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Photo: Ola Døhl





Kirkjufellsfoss
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Photo: Bruce Smith





Knarrarósviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Styrmir Kári





Kolbeinstangi Lighthouse
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Photo: Bjorn Thorvaldsson





Kolugljufur Canyon
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Photo: Bragi Kort





Kópaskersviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Guido Spanke





Krafla Crater
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Photo: Matt Champlin





Kvernufoss
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Photo: Rob Green





Landmannalaugar
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Photo: Jón Óskar Hauksson





Látrabjarg (Puffins)
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Photo: Piriya Pete Wongkongkathep





Leirhnjukur (Site)
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Photo: Diego de Crespos





Lóndrangar
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Photo: Raymond Hoffmann





Malarrif Lighthouse
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Photo: Sascha Gebhardt





Ófærufoss
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Photo: Sveinn Michaelson





Öndverðarnesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Bjorn Thorvaldsson





Öxarárfoss Thingvellir (þingvellir) National Park (site)
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Photo: Páll Jökull Pétursson





Raudinupur Cape
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Photo: Natuurlijkestilte





Raufarhólshellir
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Photo: Michel Detay





Remundargil Canyons (Þakgil)
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Photo: Ralf Günther





Reykjafoss
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Photo: Jón Óskar Hauksson





Reykjanesvíti Lighthouse
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Photo: Stefan Giese





Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
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Photo: Andrea Moscato





Saxhóll Crater
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Photo: Stefano Nocetti





Selfoss
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Photo: Bruno Jullien





Seljalandsfoss
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Photo: David Leffman





Seljavallalaug Hot Spring
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Photo: Wendy Crockett





Selvogsviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Mats Wibe Lund





Sigöldugljufur
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Photo: Kamil Ghais





Silfra Tectonic Fissure (Thingvellir National Park)
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Photo: Ismael Mesanza Jaldo





Skarðsviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Mark Finney





Skeiðará Bridge Monument
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Photo: Patrick Cable





Skógafoss Waterfall
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Photo: Ryan Mallady





Skútafoss
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Photo: Alfredo Ruiz





Skútustaðagígar
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Photo: Steve Ang





Sólheimasandur Plane Crash
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Photo: Tony Bishop





Stokksnes Viewpoint
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Photo: Roman Popelar





Strandakirkja Church
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Photo: Rikhardur Traustason





Straumnes Lighthouse
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Photo: Rolf Hannén





Strokkur
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Photo: Holger Torp





Stuðlagil Canyon
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Photo: Sebastian Warneke





Svartifoss Waterfall
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Photo: Matt Booth





Svínafellsjökull Glacier
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Photo: John Frisch





Svörtuloft Lighthouse
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Photo: Gunnar Ó Sigmarsson





Systrafoss
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Photo: Óðinn Einisson





þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng
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Photo: Arnar Freyr Tómasson





þorlákshafnarviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Sverrir





Thorsmork (Thor’s Valley)
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Photo: Dean Warwick





Thorufoss (þórufoss) Waterfall
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Photo: Sveinn Michaelson





Tröllaskagi Lighthouse
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Photo: Marie-Laure Even





Urðaviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Brynjar Steel





Vattarnesviti Lighthouse
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Photo: Niklas Sjöblom





Vestrahorn
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Photo: Manish Mamtani





Víðimýrarkirkja Church
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Photo: Julian Cook





Vik i Myrdal Church
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Photo: Ed Post






Equipment:

Camera: Bring extra batteries and memory cards. Also bring some way to back up all the images you record.

Wide angle lens: This will be very useful for those wide expansive images and for recording images in tight areas. You can also record multiple overlapping images and stitch them together later if your angle of view is not wide enough.

Telephoto lens: This will be useful for those distant shots and will help isolate and compress elements in the image.

Camera and lens protection: Some way to protect your camera from rain and waterfall mist (a shower cap works well in a pinch).

Lens cleaning supplies: If you are using your camera in the field or near any water feature you will inevitably get moisture or dust on the lens. Bring lots of lens cleaning material to keep your front element water and dust free. Bring a towel to wipe off your camera when it gets wet.

Tripod: Usually you want the toughest and most stable tripod you can get but since you might be hiking with your gear, consider bringing a smaller travel tripod along. You will definitely need a tripod for photographing waterfalls and surf if you want that soft flowing effect or for recording images of the northern lights. A cable release will be useful for triggering the camera at the moment you choose but if you do not have one, you can use the internal 2 second timer to help lessen shake from touching the camera.

Polarizing filter (POL filter): This might be one of the most useful accessories in your kit. A polarizing filter does decrease the light entering your lens but in certain situations it can remove reflections from certain objects, helps darken the blue sky and helps increase saturation in your image. It can also be useful for lengthening your exposure to help create the soft flowing effect in moving water.

Neutral Density filter (ND filter): This filter will drastically decrease the amount of light entering the lens which will allow you to record longer exposures in bright conditions. These long exposures will be necessary to create the soft flowing water effects. Many photographers use 6 stop or 10 stop neutral density filters to create stunning images.

Rain gear: It might rain a lot so be prepared with good quality rain gear. High quality rain gear will also help keep you comfortable in windy conditions.

Warm clothing: It is probably going to be cool and windy (or cold and windy in the winter) so make sure you have a number of layers of clothing. Dressing in layers allows you to remove clothing if it becomes warmer than you had expected.

Hiking boots: Wear a good pair of hiking boots with a sole that is good for wet weather and slippery surfaces. You will be jumping from wet rock to wet rock so you will need the best traction you can get. Consider bringing a pair of rubber boots in case you want to wade into streams or stand on wet beaches with waves rushing over your feet.

Backpack: You will probably be hiking a bit to reach some of the remote locations so a comfortable backpack will be very useful. A pack specifically designed for camera gear will probably be your best choice but if you can not afford it, make sure each camera item is protected in its own padded pouch.

Drone: These wonders of technology can record some stunning imagery but they can be annoying and dangerous if not flown properly. Many of the more popular locations are classified as No-Fly Zones (including all National Parks) so become aware of the appropriate regulations and fly responsibly.


Compiled by Paul Illsley.