I don’t know about you, but I find it fascinating, how the Instagram world works in Iceland, or, in reality, anywhere in the world. How almost everyone already has an image in mind that they hope to capture upon arriving at their destination, an image that they most likely saw on social media. Probably more than once. 

(Please note that this blog includes a hint of sarcasm.)

Before we start, the essentials for your trip are a yellow or red rain jacket (good strong colours), a camera, and a friend (or a tripod).

Spots in Iceland that Will Always Be Popular and Worth a Visit.

Skógafoss - Amazing spot in Iceland

The Skógafoss Waterfall

A waterfall on the south coast of Iceland, Skógafoss has become quite prevalent on Instagram following a few “cameos” in movies and TV series, i.e. Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Thor: The Dark World. I understand why people would want to include Skógafoss in their movie or series; it’s really quite majestic.

How to copy “the shot:”

It’s easy. Put on a yellow or a red rain jacket. Stand in front of the waterfall, and photoshop other people out of the picture.

Tours to the South coast that include this waterfall.
Kirkjufell - Amazing spot in Iceland
Photo by Mario @mariobroehl

Kirkjufell Mountain

I’ve heard people call Kirkjufell the Game-of-Thrones mountain. I wonder why? Oh, yeah, it’s because it was also featured on the popular TV series. It has a special shape, which renders it rather beautiful. But it’s really the point of view that matters; driving up to it, you probably won’t even know it’s Kirkjufell.

How to copy “the shot:”

There are two ways. The first involves capturing Kirkjufell’s reflection in a small, nearby lake. The second is about foregrounding the waterfall.

Blue Lagoon is an amazing spot in Iceland
Photo by Elise @elise_frc

The Blue Lagoon

I imagine the Blue Lagoon needs no introduction. I’m sure you’ve done some research already. Or, at least, heard of it. It’s one of those spots in Iceland that is the reason why people visit. Whether you plan on visiting or not, we are often asked if the Blue Lagoon is too commercialised to be worth the trip. My answer is, “Yes, it’s really quite commercialised – but definitely worth visiting!”

How to copy “the shot:”

For women: put on a nice swimsuit, arrive at the Blue Lagoon during the day, act casually fabulous, and pretend you’re not being photographed. Either that or find someone to hold your hand – that is, if you’re single – and ask that person to momentarily impersonate your boyfriend. (Just a funny tip).

For men: make sure you’re not in the deepest part of the lagoon because you’ll want to flaunt your abs (or your one-pack). Again, act like you’re not being photographed.

Glacier lagoon - Amazing Instagram spot in Iceland
Photo by Mario @mariobroehl

Jökulsárlón – the Glacier Lagoon

The glacier lagoon is one of my favourite spots in Iceland. It always seems to change with time. I’ve never been there and thought, “Oh, I’ve been here many times before. This doesn‘t interest me.” It’s a long drive to the lagoon from Reykjavík, so I don’t recommend driving there for a single day (especially not during winter). I would spend the night somewhere near the lagoon. In the summer, however, it’s way easier to make the trip in one day. It’s still a long drive, of course.

How to copy “the shot:”

Act casual. Make sure the lagoon is in the background. That’s pretty much it. For those who love colours, spice the photo up with your favourite rain jacket.

Basalt columns at Reynisfjara - Amazing spot in Iceland
Photo by Sverrir Arnar @svarnar

Reynisfjara – the Black Sand Beach

I imagine most people have heard about the beautiful albeit dangerous black-sand beach in Iceland. Yes, I said dangerous; sadly, several tourists have perished on the beach because of sneaker waves, so be careful. But Reynisfjara is also known for its beautiful rock formations and cliffs.

How to copy “the shot:”

Put on that yellow or red raincoat, or a fancy sweater. Step onto the basalt columns and look towards the ocean. Like being fabulous is your default mode.

Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík
Photo by Gaui H @gauihpic_official

Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is the main landmark of Reykjavík – and for good reason. The church is known for its unique architecture, some people refer to it as “the rocket,” and most will agree that the main draw of the church is its faux basalt columns. When visiting Reykjavík, you can’t miss it.

How to copy “the shot:”

Walk down Skólavörðustígur (the street leading down from the church) and wait for traffic to clear (be careful). Next, snap a photograph of yourself walking in the middle of the road towards the church.      

Join a walking tour around Reykjavík
Stokksnes or Vesturhorn in Iceland
Photo by Bob & Tessa @oneflightabroad

Stokksnes

Getting to Stokksnes from Reykjavík involves a considerable drive, so definitely stop for one night (especially during winter). Vesturhorn is a really beautiful location, which became quite famous pretty much thanks solely to social media. The landowner charges visitors, so be prepared and pay with a smile.

How to copy “the shot:”

The conditions must be right for you to capture the reflection of the mountains in the water on the black beach. If you happen to be so fortunate, remove your rain jacket from your backpack, put it on, and walk towards the mountains (or towards the camera).

Contact us for information on how to get there with or without a car. 
Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon - is among amazing spots in Iceland

The Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

The unpronounceable canyon, or, as some people like to call it, the Justin-Bieber canyon (the Canadian heartthrob contributed to the canyon’s international fame by featuring it in his video to the song I‘ll Show You). Anyway! The canyon is really special. You won‘t see anything like it. You can hike to a small waterfall at the end of the canyon by taking the path. Don’t settle for sending your drone from the car – that doesn’t count as exploring. I mean that for all the spots in Iceland that you visit.    

How to copy “the shot:”

There is a certain point during your hike where the canyon appears especially photogenic. You could don the rain jacket again, but I recommend letting the canyon do all the work (unless you want to go all out with the rain jacket).

Dynjandi waterfall

The Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi is one of the most majestic waterfalls in Iceland – and the attention is well deserved. As it is located in the Westfjords, visiting Dynjandi requires quite the drive, but it’s so beautiful that it’s worth it. (Local tip: I don’t recommend renting the smallest vehicle if you plan on driving.)

How to copy “the shot:”

Basically, like any other waterfall picture, pose in front of the waterfall in your rain jacket, or change things up a bit with the addition of a lopapeysa sweater!

Landmannalaugar - is among amazing spots in Iceland

Landmannalaugar

Oh, I have been waiting for this one. Landmannalaugar is also one of my favourite spots in Iceland and should definitely be on your bucket list. You can do the famous Laugavegur hike from there (or to there). Read more about the hike here.

Located in the highlands of Iceland, Landmannalaugar sits at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field, which formed during an eruption around 1477. It’s really famous for its natural geothermal hot springs and its surrounding landscape.

How to copy “the shot:”

Put on that rain jacket to throw that colourful landscape in the background into relief!

Contact us for more information. 

Spots in Iceland That Have Recently Become Famous on Instagram.

Brúarfoss waterfall - is among amazing spots in Iceland

Brúarfoss – The Bridge Waterfall

Brúarfoss is one special waterfall. Popular both for its blue water and striking appearance, visiting the waterfall requires a 7 km (4,4 miles) walk, taking roughly 2 to 3 hours. The parking lot is easy to find (located on Road 37). Simply punch in “Brúarfoss Waterfall Official Parking” on Google Maps.

How to copy “the shot:”

Make sure you have a wide-angle lens. Stand on the bridge and really get that wide-angle perspective. For fans of the raincoat: put on the jacket and stand right next to the waterfall.  

Eystrahorn is among amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Þráinn Kolbeinsson @thrainnko

Eystrahorn

Eystrahorn is fairly close to Vestrahorn. If you’re driving the Ring Road, I recommend stopping by, or, preferably, earmarking an entire two to three days for a thorough visit to East Iceland. Given that Eystrahorn only became popular quite recently, you’re in luck; you may still be able to create some unseen rain-jacket shots there.

How to copy “the shot:”

For this one, you’ll need a drone. Launch your autonomous aircraft into the sky and make sure to include the mountains and the below road within your frame.

Stuðlagil - is among amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Bob & Tessa @oneflightabroad

The Stuðlagil Canyon

Stuðlagil didn’t attract attention on social media until 2019. There are two paths to the canyon, but to get “the shot” you’ll have to access it from the east side. The walk from the parking lot (on the north side of the bridge) to the canyon is approximately 5 km. There, you’ll be able to enter the canyon, but be careful on the slippery rocks. The hike in total is 10 km and takes about three hours.

How to copy “the shot:”

Put on your beloved raincoat or lopapeysa and stand on the basalt columns inside the canyon. But be careful: the rocks can be really slippery.

Contact us for more information.  
Geo Sea baths in Húsavík is among some amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Sverrir Arnar @svarnar

Geo Sea Baths

Iceland has so many pools, spas, and lagoons. Geo Sea is one of them. Located in Húsavík, in North Iceland, Geo Sea offers a kind of infinity-pool-view, with the ocean and the mountains in the background. You’ll need to rent a car to visit.

How to copy “the shot:”

First, I recommend making sure that your phone is waterproof, or has a waterproof case. Then, take a picture of your friend (or some random person) ensuring that you capture the infinity effect with the mountains in the background.

Book your admission here.
Arnarstapi - natural bridge in Iceland

Arnarstapi Village

Arnarstapi is one of my favourite spots on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A small fishing village located “underneath” the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Arnarstapi affords some amazing views. Make sure you exit your vehicle to walk along the shore; you’ll be surprised by what you find.

How to copy “the shot:”

Make sure you “find the surprises,” (i.e. rare angles, unique phenomena), and attempt to capture the shots everyone’s dying for. Don‘t forget the yellow rain jacket: you’ll need to give it to your subject so that they can jump, or run across, the picture in style.    

Tours that include this village.
Dynjandi the most powerful waterfall in Iceland
Photo by Alex Kazakova @sun_charmed

The Dettifoss Waterfall

The most powerful waterfall in Europe (the waterfall-equivalent of our Crossfit team – just kidding, kind of) – Dettifoss is situated in North of Iceland, and so if you’re planning on driving the length of the Ring Road, you absolutely must stop there. You could go there in one day though from Reykjavík: with a flight to Akureyri and a tour to Dettifoss.

How to copy “the shot:”

Ah, be careful! This shot is not for people who are afraid of heights. I’m sure you can find another way to do this shot without nearing so close to the edge as many people do. The rain jacket is not gonna save you if you fall.  

Hvítserkur is among amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Sverrir Arnar @svarnar

Hvítserkur

Like the son of Ragnar Lothbrok (the TV series Vikings), but different: Hvítserkur is a rock jutting out from the ocean in North Iceland. During the low tide, you’ll be able to go down to the beach to get close to Hvítserkur. During the high tide, you’ll still be able to capture a nice picture from the below point of view.

How to copy “the shot:”

If the conditions are right for you to access the beach (i.e during low tide), you’ll be able to capture that shot everyone is after. And, once again, our favourite accessory, the rain jacket, plays a pivotal part in this shot: just walk towards the rock and get a nice angle.

Photogenic Houses around Iceland

As you’ve probably noticed, Iceland boasts many photogenic houses and churches in scenic locations (not to get all nationalistic on you). If you pause to think, pretty much everyone does a very similar shot, involving a person walking, or running, from or towards the subject at hand. Am I the only one who thinks that’s a little funny?

Búðakirkja church - is among amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Aron Tómas @arontphotos

The Búðakirkja Church

Búðakirkja is a little black church on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Close to the town of Arnarstapi, the church’s location means that the mountains can serve as a beautiful background; if you’re standing behind the church, you‘ll have a view of the Snæfellsjökull glacier, which on a clear day makes for a fantastic shot.

How to copy “the shot:”

I prefer the shot without people in it, with the mountains in the background. You may want to explore different options (wedding photoshoots or yellow-raincoat shots are also popular).      

Arnarstapi is among amazing spots in Iceland
Photo by Aron Tómas @arontphotos

The White House in Arnarstapi

There are many photogenic places in Arnarstapi, such as this white house in front of the Stapafell mountain. It offers the possibility of many different angles, but there is one, in particular, which everyone seems to prefer. (On a side note: I wouldn’t want to live in this house; I imagine it would feel a little like being famous and enjoying no peace from the paparazzi.)

How to copy “the Shot:”

Take your time to find the right angle. This shot usually doesn’t include people, but I’m sure you can be creative with your rain jacket.

Instagram-famous spot in Iceland
Photo by Tanja Sól @tanjasolv

A-frame in Snæfellsnes

I’m a fan of A-frames. There’s something cosy about them. This one is located in the mountains on the Snæfelssnes peninsula. It is easily accessible because it’s right next to the road (Road 54). Just make sure you don’t park your car on the side of the road: park legally and somewhere safe. In the wintertime, this road is often closed, so make sure the conditions are good when you plan to visit (check out Safetravel.is).

How to copy “the shot:”

I feel like I don’t even have to tell you how to do this one. You already know.

Stöng, Instagram-famous spot in Iceland
Photo by Sverrir Arnar @svarnar

Stöng – the Turf-House from Game of Thrones

Let people on Instagram think that you live like a Viking. The farmhouse Stöng provides visitors with the opportunity of studying our ancestors’ houses, while also learning about their background and daily life (you probably think you know all this from watching Vikings).

How to copy „the shot“:

Find something furry to wear, or put on an Icelandic lopapeysa sweater. Pose in front of the house like a Viking (no, I’m kidding, that’s entirely too much). Just act like you’re running towards the farm.

Tours that include this village – Game of thrones tour
Church in Seyðisfjörður, Instagram-famous spots in Iceland
Photo by Bob & Tessa @oneflightabroad

The Church in Seyðisfjörður

Oh, Seyðisfjörður. I really love the town. It’s both beautiful and welcoming. Situated in East Iceland, at the innermost point of an eponymous fjord (Seyðisfjörður), the baby-blue church in Seyðisfjörður is foregrounded with a colourful boardwalk (you can understand why it’s so popular). Only a single road connects Seyðisfjörður to the rest of Iceland, and that road is a mountain pass.

How to copy „the shot“:

Wear something colourful and nice (for example, lopapeysa). Find someone to hold hands with. Together, run towards the church on the boardwalk.

The Most Overrated Spots in Iceland?

DC-3 Airplane wreck

The DC-3 Airplane Wreck at Sólheimasandur

Yes, indeed, I want to say that this is the most overrated location in Iceland. You’re either asking why, or you agree with me (or you don’t, of course).

The real story behind the plane wreck remains foggy, but the plane was definitely not gunned down in a war between Icelanders and Americans (I once talked to some who actually thought so, and, therefore, was desperate to visit the site).

The real account most likely involves engine failure owing to a bad storm (it’s believed that temperatures dropping to -10°C caused ice to build up in the plane, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing, which led to a crash). But why is the plane so terribly damaged? Well, the US Navy stripped the plane of everything of any value. The reason why the plane is riddled with bullet holes is that local hunters used it for target practice. And now, the plane’s even more dilapidated, owing to the many people who have stood on it, written on it, and the like.

It’s an hour’s walk to the plane from the parking lot, located south of Road 1. In winter, the hike may prove dangerous as you can easily get lost, leaving you exposed to rough weather without the possibility of shelter. Sadly, several tourists have died when severe weather struck the area.

You: Is that it?
Me: For overrated places? Yes, pretty much. Honestly, I would like to know what other people think are the most overrated spots in Iceland?

What's On locations in downtown Reykjavík

  • Laugavegur 5 (Main Office)
  • Laugavegur 54 (Trip)

Opening Hours (Main Office):

  • April-May: 8:30 - 20:00
  • June-March: 8:30 - 22:00

Contact What's On

The official source for safe adventure in Iceland is safetravel. It’s located in our Laugavegur 54 location.