Photo by Daniel Cheong


Iceland is a land of stunning natural beauty, with its rugged landscapes, glaciers, waterfalls, and geothermal hot springs. It is a paradise for photographers, offering a wealth of breathtaking locations to capture on camera. From the iconic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara to the majestic ice caves of Vatnajökull, Iceland is a photographer's dream destination. The country's unique light conditions, with long summer days and aurora-filled winter nights, provide endless opportunities for capturing stunning images.

Photography of Iceland

Playing with glasses and geometry
Harpa Concert Hall
by Fer_SG

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Harpa Concert Hall and center of Conferences in Reykjavík.

Last Light
by Jiri Hajek

Setting Sun illuminating Lóndrangar cliffs.

It was very windy, fortunately the cliffs on the right blocked most of the wind from West and so having a sharp long exposure wasn't impossible. While I don't like over-smoothed water, 40 seconds seemed to create the best patterns here.

Photo tips: Very wide angle lens are useful here in order to capture the nice cove below, which makes a nice leading curve to the cliffs in the distance.

Getting there: About 200m easy walk from parking right to the coast.

Dettifoss - Iceland
by Christian Barret

Dettifoss is the most powerfull waterfall in Europe.

Majestic Lómagnúpur as usual
Lomagnupur - Iceland
by Fer_SG

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Two landscape shots panorama in autobraking (0Ev; -2Ev; +2Ev) processed as HDR with Enfuse. The panorama was processed with Hugin. Additional improvements by means of plugins like Tone Curve, Highpass filters, Lowpass filters, Channel Mixer, Global Tone Map, and others were managed with Darktable.

Finally, an Orton effect applied, focusing on the center area the blur.

Fairy tail (BW)
into darkness
by Fer_SG

While walking in Fjaðrárgljúfur one feels like living in a fairy tale. An amazing place, really.

Garðskagaviti from beach
by Jiri Hajek

I like this particular view of the Garður Lighthouse because beach creates a nice leading lines towards the Lighthouse. And the photographer standing in front of the lighthouse adds a nice scale to the whole composition.

Getting there: The beach is just a few steps from the lighthouse parking.

Walking towards the Bruarfoss waterfall
by Fer_SG

This is the first interesting point while walking to Burarfoss waterfall

Hay pillows
Hay pillows
by Kari Siren

8 vertical handheld shots stitched together

Jokulsarlon ice beach - Iceland - Travel photography
Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón
by Giuseppe Milo

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Oxararfoss waterfall - Thingvellir, Iceland - Travel photography
Oxararfoss waterfall
by Giuseppe Milo

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Djúpalónssandur / Shipwreck Beach
by Jiri Hajek

This turned-to-stone troll Kerling is the most photogenic rock on this beach. Other rocks and waves provide interesting foreground for photography. Be careful though, waves can be very dangerous here, which is actually the case for many places on Iceland.

Photo tips: You'll need rather wider lens here. I think that a moody weather with some waves really suits this place, but nice sunrise, or probably even better sunset, would also be great times for photography here.

Getting there: It's just a short and easy walk from Djúpalónssandur Parking, which is easily accessible from the main road (574) circling the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Southern Peninsula - Iceland - Seascape photography
by Giuseppe Milo

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Djupalonssandur beach - Iceland - Travel photography
Djúpalónssandur / Shipwreck Beach
by Giuseppe Milo

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Meditation with Water
by Jiri Hajek

Kolufossar is an interestingly shaped waterfall at the beginning of a nice and deep canyon. It's definitely worth the short detour from the Ring Road.

Photo Tips: I like how the waterfall looks from below, within the canyon. You'll need a wideangle lens here. However, even different compositions are worth checking out, like directly up from the bridge.

Getting there: It's just about 6 km from the Ring Road on a good gravel road. Parking right next to the waterfall.

Garður Lighthouse
by Jiri Hajek

Garður Lighthouse and its nice red stripes offers very nice photographic opportunities.

Photo Tips: I like the frontal view from the bridge with its symmetry. You can use ultra wide lenses right on the bridge, or back a bit for slightly different compositions with rather normal lenses. However, there are other great possibilities from either side of the Lighthouse.

Getting there: You can park right next to the Lighthouse. This is a great spot to visit right from the airport, as its only about 10 minutes drive. Might be great before a night flight home...

In a cave
Skutafoss cave
by Jiri Hajek

This is a really nice waterfall. Possibly a bit ordinary by Icelandic standards, but there are some interesting compositions possible and this one from a cave is the most unusual in my opinion.

Photo tips: A bit tricky to capture, since even my 10-24mm (15mm full-frame) wasn't wide enough. So I opted for 3 frames panorama later stitched in Lightroom, which worked pretty well.

Getting there: Just turn off the main road to a small dirt track and park there. A good 4WD vehicle could easily get right next to Skútafoss, but I'd say it's better to walk the last few hundreds meters and enjoy the scenery.

Since it's easily accessible, you can expect other people during the day.

Looks like 'terraforming' Mars
by Fer_SG

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While walking in Leirhnjukur you feel like on another planet... just like on Mars after having started the terraforming process.

On the road to Kirkjufell
Road to Kirkjufell
by Fer_SG

Just a shot from inside the car while driving to Kirkjufell with the mobile.

Excuses for the bad quality, although it looks weird, its final appearance caught me at some level. So I like it!

It has been hard to process both shots, to make the panorama and to achieve certain level of contrast, details, and texture.

Basaltic power
Svartifoss waterfall
by Juan Carlos Ruiz San Millán

I took this photo in Iceland during a recent trip along this amazing country. This cascade is Svartifoss, one of the most famous cascades in Iceland, located in the Skaftafell National Park. It is a singular waterfall due to the basaltic formations that surround the cascade.

In this case I placed my tripod in the center of the water stream to capture the water flow and used a long exposure to obtain that nice effect on the water.

A must see place if you travel to Iceland

White net on the coast (Picture 2, Color, Soft)
Reynisdrangar from Dyrholaey
by Fer_SG

Finally, Reynisfjara stones were visible, accompanied by a great white webbing on the sea.

Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón
by Juan Carlos Ruiz San Millán

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

The beach of Jokulsarlon in Iceland is really unique. I´ve been to many glaciers worldwide, in Patagonia, Alaska, New Zealand but I´ve never seen something like what we can see here in the beach of Jokulsarlon were the ice blocks broken from the glacier navigate to the open sea and are finally deposited by the waves on the sand of the beach were rest for hours or days until finally dissolve.

The colors of the ice, sometimes blue such as this one, and the magic forms that appear with the interaction with the waves makes it easy to spend hours here taking photos or even just seen the blocks and listening to the waves.

Impressive view while walking around Seljalandsfoss waterfall
by Fer_SG

It was an amazing experience to walk around the waterfall. An impressive set up for your senses and soul.

Floating near the precipice in a dreamlike landscape
by Fer_SG

Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/2hMaoQw

Shot processed with Darktable from RAW. Improvements like Tone Curve, Highpass filters, Lowpass filters, Channel Mixer and others were managed also with Darktable. Haida Neutral filter of 6 steps was used.

Finally, an Orton effect was applied, keeping the first rocks well focused while an incremental and progressive blur is applied to the most distant.

Seljalandsfoos waterfall
Seljalandsfoss frontal view
by Fer_SG

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First of a set of shots to capture Seljalandsfoos waterfall as it deserves.

Skalasnagi Lighthouse Near Hellissandur
Svortuloft lighthouse

Almost all lighthouses we saw in Iceland were painted in Yellow-Orange color and the Skalasnagi Lighthouse Near Hellissandur in the western tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula is no exception. It is surrounded by a huge lava field and fabulous rock formations.

Godafoss from top
by Jiri Hajek

Godafoss as seen from East. Not that much typical view of the waterfall, but I like the river structure in the foreground.

Waterworld Sunrise
View from Sveinstindur
by Jiri Hajek

Views from Sveinstindur are out of this World. I'm so glad I made it here, quite a bit into Icelandic Highlands.

Getting there: After driving F208 and then F235 roads, it's just about negotiating the last ~400 vertical meters from parking to the Sveinstindur summit, which will take you close to an hour. Or, closer to 30 minutes in case you don't get up early enough, which was just my case. ;-)

impossible colors
by David ruiz luna

Landmannalaugar is in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. It is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477. It is well known for its natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape.

Landmannalaugar is the northern end of the Laugavegur hiking trail and a popular destination for tourist traveling in Iceland.

Iceland. September 2015.