Northern Iceland
Photo Guide
For beginners and professionals
North Iceland Photography Guide
For beginners and professionals
Once in the north of Iceland, you'll feel like you're on another planet. Instead of typical green hills, you'll see ancient mossy volcanoes, instead of ordinary beaches -- fairy-tale-ish black sandy patches of land nearby the sea. You'll see thermal waters gushing from the bowels of the earth and smoking hot whistling gases. Moreover, you'll notice that the waters of several waterfalls flow up instead of down, one of a thousand many other peculiarities of Iceland.
You'll notice the funnels of craters and pseudocraters protruding here and there and learn that cold glacial rivers flow through the valleys, but underground lakes are always warm.
A walk through the labyrinths of lava caves is a real quest; watching over the Northern Lights while lying in the hot bath is such a delightful experience that it's hard to describe -- something I recommend trying at least once in your lifetime.


North Iceland
Using the recommended route, you'll visit and photograph most of the notable photo locations in the northern part of the island: the fall of Gods Goðafoss, the real Icelandic gem of the Lake Mývatn, the valley of hot springs Detifoss, dubbed as the European Niagara, the Church Mountain of Kirkjufell, green horseshoe of Ásbyrgi canyon, stone mammoth of Hvítserkur, among many others.
You should plan your trip to Iceland well in advance. Since the country is small, touristy, and hotels are seldom empty, you need to secure yourself a place to stay, preferably a year before the trip. Iceland is not one of those countries which you can go to spontaneously.
Unlike the Icelandic south with its many hard-to-reach locations, the most photo points in this guide are easily accessible by car. The F-class dirt roads with river fords, available only to 4WD SUVs, are well behind us, but I guarantee that this part of Iceland is just as breathtaking as the south. You'll see many beautiful photogenic locations and have daringly exciting adventures here as well.
When traveling in the north of Iceland, I recommend stopping for the first two to three days on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Grundarfjörður. Then, make a one-night stop in the Hvitserkur area on the Vatnsnes peninsula. Stop for the next three to five days near Lake Myvatn and make short radial trips to the nearby locales.

After traveling in the north of Iceland, you may head to the south. Our photography guide to the South of Iceland is available here.
From Grundarfjörður
From Lake Mývatn

Usefull Information

To read before the trip
Traveling alone can be incredibly fun but if you really want to learn the art of photography, hone, or improve your photography skills, then I invite you to join one of my photo workshops. You'll have an amazing opportunity to talk to your fellow photographers, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of creativity, where you can share, learn, and grow as a photographer.