Photography in Iceland
Iceland attracts alot of photographers as Iceland has risen in fame recently for its beautiful landscape. Here we will go over some of the best photography spots what to bring with you to capture the beauty of Iceland.
First of all, Iceland is a cold country so warm clothes are essential. Even in July and August, there may be days or just hours where it gets cold. We wouldn't want the cold to stop you from capturing the perfect picture, would we? A warm sweater, water-resistant coat/jacket and a cap should be efficient for the summertime, however during the colder months we recommend more layers of warm clothes, you can read more in our blog on How to dress in Iceland.
The rain is not an uncommon sight in Iceland or snow for that matter so remember to bring something to protect the camera. You can purchase waterproof bags pretty cheap on eBay for example however that will not help with rain hitting on the lens itself. For that, we recommend having a clean cloth to wipe off any raindrops as well as a rubber lens hood as we have found that to work really well.
When choosing a tripod for your trip to Iceland we recommend a good and stable one, so nothing cheap as they are usually flimsy and in strong winds (Which are common in Iceland) they will be useless.
Iceland is full of photography landscapes and you do not have to travel far to find your next photo subject, so do not worry if you are only here for a few days and only intend on travelling the south coast or from Reykjavík to Akureyri for example as you will find so many diverse and spectacular photo spots. Let's take the south coast, for example, first, you drive through Hveragerði where you will find geothermal landscapes then driving on route 1 you will find Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Those are one of Iceland's most popular subjects. As you keep on route 1 further down the coast you will pass Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, either you can make a stop on the way or take a detour to enjoy them in all their glory! Then you can keep on to see the cliffs of Dyrhólaey rock arch and then Reynisfjara beach. The village Vík is then very conveniently close by where you can stock up and take some pictures of the beauty of the village entwined with the rough nature.
The next subjects on the way are Skaftafell nature reserve, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull. These places are only some of the breathtaking scenes you can stop for on the way and you will probably make more stops on the way.