Top 5 Photo Spots in Iceland
Here it is gang: my list of best places to get that perfect photo in Iceland. And all that extra advice that comes with traveling to a foreign country with gear. 😬
1. BLACK SAND BEACH. Favorite place to photograph portraits by far. Its a scene out of a movie: long stretch of sand as far as you can see, with this giant cliff over-looking the ocean. The side of the cliff has these amazing hexagon shaped stones-and hundreds of puffins sit on the top of the peak. I will recommend though getting there super early before the tourists because we had a hard time getting our shots in-between their selfie photos. LOL
2. KRYSUVIK-SELTUN GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS. The colors of this place make me feel like I'm on a Star Wars set. Not to mention the natural steam that rises out of the springs-perfect for shooting high fashion or moody portraits. I will warn you though-the sulfur makes it smell pretty terrible (but so worth dealing with to get that shot).
3. BLUE LAGOON. So this isn't somewhere I would recommend planning a fully produced fashion shoot-however defs go check it out, get yourself an insta' photo, enjoy a facial and order a cocktail. Lockers are available, so you can store your expensive camera and phone safely while you enjoy the lagoon free from feeling like you constantly have to watch your stuff. There's also a lot of people who visit, so expect tourists in the background of your photo. Buy your ticket in advanced though, you won't get in if you just show up.
4. LAVA FIELDS. Basically lava fields are everywhere. The whole country is an island made from lava. Drive out from Rekyavik to the Golden Circle and you'll pass by plenty of pull out spots to take pictures. The cool thing about Iceland is that there really isn't fencing blocking you from just hiking into the wild from the main road. Just don't be dumb and litter or trample over the nature. Moss takes HUNDREDS of years to grow.
5. JOKULSARLON-GLACIER LAGOON. This was my 'silent heart' moment. Everything was quiet and I felt so small and in awe of the giant glaciers surrounding us. Not a lot of tourists travel out to the Glacier because it's almost 6 hours away from Rekjavik. So if you're up for the drive, I highly recommend visiting. It's an experience I'll always remember.
So, here's my extra credit I'm writing into this blog post: traveling with photography gear in Iceland. Be prepared for the headache. Weather in Iceland is UNPREDICTABLE. The running joke with the country is, "If you don't like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes". Seriously-don't even bother checking your weather app! All you can do is plan ahead and pack everything you might need, aka: waterproof gear. Spray that water repellant on yo' shoes, backpack, purse, jacket- whatever, it's going to rain. Wear layers, comfortable hiking shoes, gloves, scarf etc. Get your gear insured before you leave and spend the extra cash on a waterproof backpack and memory card case.
Are you traveling to Iceland soon? Drop me a DM on instagram if you have any travel/photo questions-I always love sharing my experience 💕 @champagneunicorns