Planning your next trip? Or just day-dreaming about traveling? Here are 40 Iceland pictures that will make you want to pack your bag right away. Waterfalls, landscapes, auroras, volcanoes... this is a magnificent land!
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Note: All the photos below were taken during my trip in September 2014. You don't need expensive cameras to take great Iceland pictures, check the article 8 tips to photograph Iceland without expensive gear.
1 - One of my favorite Iceland Pictures
One of my favorite Iceland pictures. Lost in the Central Highlands, I don't know the name of the place. I just know I was on road F208... Discover more pristine scenery from this road.
2 & 3 - Strokkur Geyser
The Strokkur geyser on the Golden Circle erupts every 5 to 8 minutes. This is one of the most famous stops in Iceland. Which makes it one of the more classic pictures of Iceland... I had fun trying to capture the bubble just before it erupted. More information on the Haukadalur geothermal area article.
4 - Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss is a waterfall you can reach after a short hike in the Skaftafell National Park. It is located in a amphitheater of basalt columns. So say it inspired the architecture of the Cathedral in Reykjavik. More information and photos on the Svartifoss article.
5 - Londrangar
Iceland has some fascinating coastlines created by the lava. Here in the end of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
6 - Iceland Pictures - Trollaskagi Peninsula
This Iceland photo was taken on the Trollaskagi peninsula. Not sure where exactly. I just stopped to capture the beauty.
7 - Seljalandfoss
One of the most iconic Iceland pictures: Seljalandsfoss from the track going behind it. The waterfall is magnificent from that angle but is actually quite boring from the front . Check it out on the Seljalandsfoss article.
9 - Vestrahorn, top spot for photographers
Another one of the my favorite pictures of Iceland: the mountain of Vestrahorn and its black sand dunes. I was lucky to get a very interesting cloud above the magnificent cliffs. More information and pictures on the Vestrahorn article.
10 - Mud Pool at Hverir
In North Iceland is my favorite geothermal area: Hverir. This is a close-up photo of a bubble forming in a mud pool. It looks post-apocalyptic, don't you think? I was wondering if I was still on Earth, check out more photos of Hverir.
11 - Skogafoss
Another icon and one of the most photographed places in Iceland, Skogafoss is a 60 meter high waterfall. You can admire it from the distance, get close and feel the shower or climb to the viewing platform on the right.
12 - Changing weather
There is a saying in Iceland: "if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes". Here is of photo of Iceland capturing this change.
13 - Jokulsarlon lagoon
I visited the Jokulsarlon many times. And every time the mood was different. In this photo, you cannot see the glacier behind in the cloud, just the floating icebergs and the changing sky. More Iceland photos of icebergs on the Jokulsarlon lagoon article.
14 - Hraunfossar
This waterfall is very different from all the others in Iceland. The water delicately flows between the lava rocks. Learn more on the Hraunfossar article.
15 - Leirhnjukur
If you are looking to feel like the only person left on Earth post-apocalypse, head to Leirhnjukur. Not far from Myvatn this lava field is still fuming... More Iceland photos and information on the Leirhnjukur article.
16 - Hjalparfoss
At the limit with the Central Highlands, Hjalparfoss displays some vibrant colors, especially in Autumn.
17 - Photos of Icelandic Sheep
I have many pictures of Iceland sheep. However this one is my favorite as if they are hitchhiking. The only problem is that you never know when they will decide to cross...
18 - Hidden Secret: Sigoldugljufur
Since I wrote about his magnificent canyon on my blog it is not that secret anymore, but you really need to want to go there to find it. So, it remains quiet and free from tourist. Sigoldugljufur is located in the Central Highlands.
19 - Fjallsarlon
Less visited than its brother Jokulsalron, the lagoon of Fjallsarlon is very photogenic. the mountains, the glacier and the icebergs... More photos on the Fjallsarlon article.
20 - Thjofafoss
This Icelandic waterfall is not well known and quite out of the way. But the purple rocks surrounding it are worth the detour!
21 - Jokulsarlon Beach
Accross from the lagoon is a black sand beach where Icebergs wash off. Quite a sight! And a wonderful place to take pictures of Iceland, the magnificent. More icebergs photos on the Jokulsarlon beach article.
22 - Central Highlands
In the Central Highlands that you can reach only during summer months and with a 4WD, you find unforgettable landscapes where nature displays all its beauty. Some of the best Iceland pictures are from the Central Highlands...
23 - Glanni waterfall
Glanni waterfall: One of the best places to stop in Autumn because there are some trees... rare in Iceland!
24 - Jokulsarlon beach (bis)
Over the course of 1 hour the sky changes from black and white to an intense blue. So here is another shot of icebergs walking off the black sand beach of Jokulsarlon.
25 - Iceland photos - Godafoss
In North Iceland, Godafoss is a mandatory stop. I spent the night nearby to be able to shoot it at sunset. What a magical moment! More photos of Iceland on the Godafoss article.
26 - Icelandic Horses
If you like horses, head to my Icelandic Horses article with more photos and facts about this special breed.
27 - Blue Lagoon
I did not get inside as it was too touristic for my taste, but I did visit the platform to get a view of the man-made spa area of the Blue Lagoon.
28 - Grabrokargigar
Grabrokargigar: 2 perfect circular craters that you can easily see close to the Ring Road. Just be careful with the wind. I almost fell inside one!
29 - Lake Myvatn Pseudo-craters
Those are not real craters. They were created by special conditions and it is believe that Mars is also home to this phenomenon (learn more on the Pseudocraters article). Even if they are different, they are still beautiful.
30 - Dettifoss
So much power at the Dettifoss waterfall in North Iceland!
It is very easy to take nice photos of Iceland with such locations...
31 - Krafla Viti Crater
See how tiny we are against the powerful Iceland Nature. Here walking the rim of the Krafla Viti crater.
32 - The Sun Voyager
An Iceland Pictures list is not complete without the icon of the capital city Reykjavik, the sculpture The Sun Voyager by Jón Gunnar Árnason is best photographed at sunrise or sunset.
33 - Kirkjufell
One of the most photographed mountains in Iceland: Kirkjufell and its 2 level waterfall. There is a special vibe at the place. It is hard to describe. More photos on the Kirkjufell article.
34 - Central Highlands, the return
Another scenic location in the Central Highlands in Iceland, which I cannot name... but was not far from Landmannalaugar Iceland
35 - Hverir geothermal area
As I told you earlier in the article, Hverir is one of my favorite geothermal areas. It just feels like you landed on another planet.
36 - Pseudo-craters of Lake Myvatn
A closer look at one of the speedo-craters of Lake Myvatn.
37 - Aurora Borealis
No Iceland pictures article is complete without a photo of aurora borealis.
38 - Lava field
Iceland has many lava fields covered in moss. This create intriguing landscapes. Here in the Snaefellsness peninsula.
39 - Heart of Trollaskagi peninsula
If you feel adventurous, head inland of the Trollaskagi peninsula. Just look above, isn't it worth it?
40 - THE PHOTO of my Icelandic Road Trip
And to end this Iceland photo essay, here it the shot that sums up what I feel about my road trip. Every time you turn there is another stunning view in your face!
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