Photography

Inspiring Photography Locations

Location is key to photography, however it’s also important to be in the right at the right time. Find out the details I’ve collected surrounding some inspiring, well-known and less well-known photography locations.

South Coast of Iceland Highlights

 Black sand beach from Dyrhólaey

Black sand beach from Dyrhólaey

The south coast boasts many of Iceland's highlights, but as a result it is (like the Golden Circle) also one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Especially being there in August meant there was more traffic than usual, and at the main attractions you often felt like you were on a conveyor belt - with the same people from the previous attraction right in front of you, again. Fortunately there are some hidden gems and some lesser known spots close to the main attractions so you can enjoy some spectacular nature without the chattering masses and buzzing of drones. 

  • Dyrhólaey Peninsula near Vík
  • Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
  • Kvernufoss Falls
  • Reynisfjara Beach and Reynisdrangar Cliffs
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • JökulsárlónGlacier Lagoon

Dyrhólaey Peninsula near Vík

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Dyrhólaey was perhaps the best lookout point we went to, especially for the sunset. It was surprisingly quiet given how big of an attraction it is, and given that around sunset is probably the best time to visit. 

 Flight of the puffins

Flight of the puffins

 Puffins at Dyrhólaey

Puffins at Dyrhólaey

 Dyrhólaey Arch

Dyrhólaey Arch

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Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

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You might ask yourself why an old hunk of metal is interesting, given the range of options in Iceland. I suppose it is rare that a crashed airplane is left to decompose, and does cut a sharp contrast in the Icelandic scenery. I thought it was interesting, unfortunately most visitors treat it like a Play Place at McDonald's, which means a lot of clone stamping for me. 

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 "OMG this plane wreck is lit!!" He was tearing parts off it. Is it wrong I hope he gets lockjaw? 

"OMG this plane wreck is lit!!" He was tearing parts off it. Is it wrong I hope he gets lockjaw? 

 They're coming... More tourists arriving by the minute

They're coming... More tourists arriving by the minute

Kvernufoss Falls

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Very close to the larger and more popular Skógafoss Falls, Kvernufoss is nestled behind the Skogar Museum. There are no signs showing the way, you simply walk through the farmer's gate and towards the canyon and have the waterfall almost entirely to yourself. 

 These turf houses are part of the Skogar Museum, the Kvernufoss Falls are located behind this museum

These turf houses are part of the Skogar Museum, the Kvernufoss Falls are located behind this museum

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 Behind the Kvernufoss, sans tourists (apart from ourselves)

Behind the Kvernufoss, sans tourists (apart from ourselves)

 Skógafoss, the only perspective without tourists

Skógafoss, the only perspective without tourists

Reynisfjara Beach and Reynisdrangar Cliffs

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Three black basalt columns called the Reynisdrangar are an interesting feature amongst the cliffs around Reynisfjara beach. With a little climbing and less regard for personal safety, they are accessible from the beach, which features some interesting rock formations of its own. 

 Lots of wedding related photography taking place at the beach

Lots of wedding related photography taking place at the beach

 Crawling through caves to get a better view of the three trolls

Crawling through caves to get a better view of the three trolls

 The Reynisdrangar at dusk

The Reynisdrangar at dusk

 Reynisfjara Beach at sunset

Reynisfjara Beach at sunset

 Staring contest, you and me now... You win, you always do.

Staring contest, you and me now... You win, you always do.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

 That's me, without my camera briefly

That's me, without my camera briefly

Like many of the highlights in Iceland this one is tucked away in a pretty unassuming landscape, but all of a sudden the most spectacular canyon cuts into the rolling hills, it is a must see.

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

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Icebergs from the Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest in Iceland) float in the Jökulsárlón or glacier lagoon into the Atlantic. It's the furthest attraction in the south east we went to see, and part of what makes the landscape along the southern coast so diverse. From black sand beaches, canyons, waterfalls to glacial waterways, it seems as if the landscape changes every 5 minutes. 

 Iceberg

Iceberg

 Kayaking in the glacier lagoon

Kayaking in the glacier lagoon

 Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue

Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue

It's hard to believe going through these photos, but the best - in my humble opinion - is still to come. Comparatively we were in the south longer than in other parts of the country but for me our time in the highlands were still the most fun and interesting, and naturally where the best photos were taken. I will add them shortly and link them here.