It’s hard to imagine travel, especially solo travel, before our beloved Instagram. With a country as photogenic as Iceland, the list of beautiful photography spots could easily number into the hundreds. Instead, we’ve put together a quick list of the must-see spots for your next trip to Iceland. Make all of your friends (and followers) jealous with these unreal landscapes and spectacular views. I mean, if it’s not on the ‘gram did it even happen?
10. Wesfjords- a large peninsula in Northwestern Iceland is a remote and stunning part of Iceland. All the narrow roads through the high and steep mountains lead to the makings of a scroll stopping snapshot.
9. Landmannalaugar- at the edge of Laugahran lava field formed around 1477 in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland, you will find natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape worthy of a spot on your grid.
8. Kerlingarfjöll- also situated in the Highlands of Iceland, this 1477 m tall mountain range is near the Kjölur highland road. They are part of a large tuya volcano system that will make your post erupt with likes.
7. DC-3 Plane Wreckage- on a black beach at Sólheimasandur, on the South Coast of Iceland lies the remains of a United States Navy DC plane that ran out of fuel and crashed in 1973. Everyone on board survived, turns out the pilot switched over to the wrong fuel tank. One man’s mistake, is another’s photo op.
6. Dynjandi- deemed the jewel of the Westfjords. It can be argued that this majestic waterfall is the most beautiful in all of Iceland. It’s often called Fjallfoss, and there are 6 smaller waterfalls on the 200-meter hike up to the Dynjandi. Can you say “falls for followers?”
5. Seyðisfjörður- a town in the Easter Region of Iceland at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name is connected to the rest of Iceland by a road over a Fjarðarheiði mountain pass to the ring road. Seyðisfjörður calls itself quirky, charming, fun, funky, lovely, different, friendly, creative, historic, peaceful, artistic, beautiful, open minded, active, bohemian, natural, and special. Sign me up for a weekend stay in this 700-people village and all the insta-worthy locales.
4. Grjótagjá- near lake Mývatn in Iceland, this small lava cave has a thermal spring inside. In early 18th century the outlaw Jón Markússon made a home there and used the cave for bathing. (It’s also the site of a famous scene in Game of Thrones involving our favorite man of the Night’s Watch and his favorite red-headed wildling.)
3. Jökulsárlón- in southeastern Iceland, this glacial lagoon borders Vatnajökull National Park. The Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier surrounds the lagoon and dot the still blue waters with icebergs. In the winter the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals and since the Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean large chucks of ice are left on the black sand beach. #iceicebaby
2. Blue Lagoon- you’ve more than likely seen your fair share of photos shared from The Blue Lagoon in Iceland, but for good reason. It’s a large milky-blue lake with an average temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Only a fifteen minute drive from the international airport of Keflavík or a round trip 30-minute drive from Reykjavík make it one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. If you can manage to dodge all the other tourists, you might wind up with a new profile photo.
1. Northern Lights- also called Aurora Borealis, occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere has become extremely thin and electrically charged particles enter the earth’s magnetic field at high atmosphere and ionize. In Iceland the Northern Lights are visible for eight months out of the year especially in the Westfjords or north Iceland. This is a must do- if you want to kill the Instagram game.