5 Top Photography Hot-Spots in Iceland
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Iceland is a breathtaking place that you could spend a lifetime photographing and still not see all the beauty it has to offer. That being said, there are some locations in Iceland that are can’t-miss spots for epic photographs. Here are five of the best Iceland photography hot-spots that you need to see (and photograph!) on your next Iceland adventure.
Though Bruarfoss Waterfall, also known as Bridge Falls, is small in comparison to other waterfalls in Iceland, its short stature doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s one of the most gorgeous waterfalls Iceland has to offer. Not only is the water an incredible shade of blue, but the Brúará River cascades into a narrow, deep crevice running through the middle of volcanic rock that’s black in color. The brightness of the water and the darkness of the surrounding rock makes for an impactful combination in your photos.
Another must-see Iceland waterfall is Ófærufoss, which is fed by the Nyðri-Ófæra River. The waterfall is located in the Canyon of Fire, a fissure in the surrounding volcanic rock that measures nearly 25 miles in length. Where the river falls out of the fissure at Ófærufoss, the canyon opens to about 600 meters wide and 200 meters high, where the water cascades down two massive steps. To say that this is a dramatic sight is an understatement.
At just one mile in length, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon certainly won’t win any awards for its size. However, what this little canyon lacks in length and width, it more than makes up for with its unparalleled beauty. Carved by glacial waters over the course of the last two million years, the canyon is home to some of the oddest - and most beautiful - rock formations you’ll see in Iceland, or anywhere else, for that matter. The walls of the canyon are not smooth; instead, they press inward toward the river and fall back away from it, jutting in and out to create a magical-looking landscape.
Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Considered one of the crown jewels of Iceland, the Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon is filled with icebergs that have broken off of Vatnajökull glacier. Before they make their way into the Atlantic Ocean, the huge chunks of ice float peacefully in the lagoon. Once the icebergs make their way into open water, the waves of the Atlantic push them back toward land. They arrive on the area’s black volcanic beaches as much smaller chunks of clear blue ice that have the appearance of diamonds. As a result, this beach is called Diamond Beach, and is another must-see spot for photographers. In fact, this entire region, home to Vatnajökull National Park - Iceland’s largest national park - is a wonder of geology that puts on a show for landscape photographers year-round.
Perhaps one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Iceland, Kirkjufell, or Church Mountain, rises sharply from the surrounding landscape to a distinct peak with a sharp top and curvaceous sides. Though the mountain is just 1,519 feet tall, its location on the coast makes it seem as though it’s much, much taller. Its splendor is only heightened by the presence of Kirkjufellsfoss, or Church Mountain Falls, nearby. Like Kirkjufell, the falls aren’t all that tall. However, it’s three-step cascade and gentle waters make it an ideal companion for a photograph featuring it and its namesake mountain in the background.