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66 Epic Instagram Spots in Iceland

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There are so many incredible Instagram spots in Iceland! Obviously this is no small town we're talking about, but an entire country. 


After exploring Iceland for a full week we took literally thousands of pictures, sometimes almost 1,000 in a day!


Iceland is a photographer's dream, and we're here to share all of our favorite spots with you - from the most iconic locations, to the hidden gems we discovered along the way.

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Where are the Best Instagram Spots in Iceland?

There is not a single area of Iceland that is not breathtakingly beautiful! If you happen to visit in the summer, you'll be able to appreciate all different areas of the country, and if you happen to visit from fall to spring, then you can explore all regions other than the highlands.


In this guide we're going to cover all regions of Iceland, and break down all of the best Instagram spots in Iceland by each area.

map os Instagram spots in Iceland

The Most Epic Instagram Spots in Iceland

Now that you know that the best Instagram spots in Iceland are scattered all over, we cover all of them by area of the country.


The Best Instagram Spots in Iceland: Reykjavik & Reykjanes

Chances are if it's your first time in Iceland, the first place you're going to explore is the capital. The city is quite small, but it definitely has some beautiful spots to check out.


1. Hallgrimskirja

While people rave about churches around Europe, we feel Reykjavik's doesn't get talked about enough. I mean, check out this incredible architecture!

church in Reykjavik, Iceland travel guide

2. The Rainbow Road

Right in the heart of Reykjavik is an iconic rainbow painted road. Down below you can see the two different sides that you can take a photo from. One has some shops in the back, while the other end has the incredible Hallgrimskirja in the background.

 

rainbow road in Reykjavik, best Instagram spots in Iceland
rainbow road in Reykjavik, best Instagram spots in Iceland


3. The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is definitely one of the most popular Instagram spots in Iceland. It's a stunning geothermal resort that is located right near the airport, making it even the perfect layover activity.


There are a ton of Blue Lagoon tour packages that you can get including transfers, spa treatments, or even other nearby activities included.


If you'd like to learn more about experiencing the Blue Lagoon, make sure to check out our complete Blue Lagoon guide!


Blue Lagoon, Instagram Spots in Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Instagram Spots in Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Instagram Spots in Iceland


4. Sky Lagoon

While the Blue Lagoon is extremely iconic, there is another incredible lagoon that's right in Reykjavik!


Sky Lagoon is perfect for those look for a more natural looking geothermal spring, as well as a more affordable and close alternative to the Blue Lagoon.

5. Graenavatn

This lake has a beautiful green-blue color, and can be reached by a pretty simple 20 minute walk from the road.

Graenavatn

6. Seltun Geothermal Area

This was definitely one our favorite hidden gems of Iceland. The Sultan Geothermal area looks as if Mother Nature just took out a canvas and started throwing different colors and textures at it.


The area has a boarded platform going through it, making it easy to explore, and a place you don't have to spend a ton of time at to enjoy either.


Georthermal springs, best Instagram spots in Iceland
Georthermal springs, best Instagram spots in Iceland
Geothermal springs, best Instagram spots in Iceland


7. Gigvatnsvatn

This is another turquoise lake, but it can easily be reached by pulling off the side of the road, and is just down the road from the Seltun geothermal area.

Gigvatnsvatn in Iceland

8. Krysuvikurkirkja

While you're in the area, check out this adorable little black church! It's not one of the top Instagram spots in Iceland, but it's definitely worth snapping a quick shot since it's so close to Gigvatnsvatn and Seltun Geothermal Springs.

black church, reykjanes, Iceland Instagram spots

9. Oseyrarbru

There are so many cool Instagram spots in iceland that you wouldn't even notice without a drone. Oseyrarbru is certainly one of them. I mean, check out these turquoise waters!

Oseyrarbru bridge in Iceland

The Best Instagram Spots in Iceland: The Golden Circle

After Reykjavik, the most frequented area to visit for tourists in the country is the Golden Circle. There are quite a few fun Instagram spots in Iceland's Golden Circle, and it's really an easy area to explore by either taking a Golden Circle tour, or by renting a car.


10. Thingvellir Park

Thingvellir Park is one of the most popular spots along the Golden Circle. Sitting on two tectonic plates, this park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has plenty of great Instagram-worthy spots to explore.

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11. Kerid Crater 

This crater is super easy to visit, as it has a parking lot on site, and you can easily take the well-marked trail around the rim of the crater. The entry fee is just 400 IDK (around $3), and it's available to visit when the sun is up.


There are a lot of great photo spots around the crater, and it's also easy to take a photo without a ton of people.

Golden circle, hiring a car in Iceland

12. Gulfoss

Gulfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. It has a set of upper and lower falls, with an easy path to follow. We suggest getting here early so that you don't have a ton of other people around if you'd like nice photos.


It's also important to note that you shouldn't go on the grass! We snapped this picture and got scolded by a local as the grass is very fragile in Iceland.

Gulfoss, golden circle in Iceland

13. Geysir Hot Springs

We had so much fun at Geyser Hot Springs! This area has a large geyser that erupts every few minutes. It's quite an impressive sight to experience, and if you have your camera ready you can get a cool shot with the geyser exploding.


We suggest having your camera on burst mode, that way you can capture many shots of the water quickly shooting into the air.

geyser at the Golden Circle, Iceland travel guide

14. Bruarfoss

Bruarfoss is a spectacular set of waterfalls off the Golden Circle, and is known for it's bright blue color. You used to have to hike 7 km round trip, button there is also a parking lot just a five minute walk from the falls.


15. Glymur Waterfall

This waterfall isn't necessarily on the Golden Circle, but between the Golden Circle and the Snaefell Peninsula. It's the second called waterfall in the country, and has a few different paths for being able to enjoy it at a couple of different angles.


Want to learn more? Check out our full Glymur Waterfall guide for the details of visiting!


Glymur Waterfall in Iceland
Glymur waterfall, Instagram spots in Iceland
Glymur waterfall, Instagram spots in Iceland

Glymur waterfall is the second tallest waterfall in Iceland.



The Best Instagram Spots in Iceland: Snaefell Peninsula

One of the lesser-visited places in the country is the Sneafell Peninsula, which lies north of Reykjavik, and north west of the Golden Circle.


It's home to some incredible Instagram spots of Iceland, and in our opinion, one of the most underrated regions of the main island of Iceland.


16. Kirkjufell

Despite being in an area that isn't so popular, Kirkjufell is actually one of the most photographed places in Iceland!


It's popular for its distant cone like shape, and also has a set of waterfalls nearby that make for the perfect photo app.

Kirkjufell waterfall, Instagram spots in Iceland

17. Budakirkja

Little black churches are something so iconic in Norway and Iceland, so they're certainly some of the most underrated Instagram spots in Iceland! We love this one with the white doors and windows.

black church in Iceland

18. Budaklettur

This place truly feels like a movie! Miles and miles of lava field are there to explore right along the coast. There are even paths to safely walk around, and it's wide open to the public.

Lava field in Iceland

19. Cliffs of Hellnar

Hellnar is a truly stunning village in Iceland, and is known for its dramatic cliffs. There are a set of  paths that wind around the coast, allowing you to enjoy all different cliff views in Hellnar.


cliffs of Hellnar, Iceland Instagram spots
cliffs of Hellnar, Iceland Instagram spots
cliffs of Hellnar, Iceland Instagram spots


20. Arnarstapi Stone Bridge

Right next to the cliffs of Hellnar is the small port area of Arnastapi. Simply walk around the trails here and you'll come across and impressive natural bridge. Step on the top and you'll actually be able to appreciate the massive waves crashing down, as well as a ton of birds flying around the area!


rock arch in Arnastapi, Instagram spots in Iceland

21. Bardur Snaefellsas Statue 

Another cool site in Arnastapi is the Bardur Snaefellsas Statue which is made of nice stones and has a walkway right through it.


It's right next to the parking lot, and leads to the cliffs and walkways that weave through Arnastapi.

rock sculpture in Iceland

22. Londrangar

Looking for some more incredible cliffs? Londrangar has basalt columns and striking formations along the coast, and is also a place you can end up seeing a puffins if you're lucky!


23. Vatneshellir

This cave isn't any old cave, it's actually a lava cave! Vatneshellir can be visited on tours every 45 minutes for 4,500 ISK.

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24. Svortuloft Lighthouse

Located in the south west corner of the peninsula, Svortuloft Lighthouse makes a great Instagram spot in Iceland due to its bright orange hue.


25. Hellisandur Church

We loved this church as it is a true hidden gem! Perched high on a hill with mountains in the back, you can get really cool photos here if you have a telephoto lens.

cool church in Iceland, Instagram spots in Iceland

The Best Instagram Spots in Iceland: The Westfjords

The Westfjords are another really interesting area of the country, full of fun Instagram spots. Located in the north west of the country, you can find beautiful waterfalls, hot pools, and even a shipwreck!


26. Drifandagil Waterfall

We stumbled upon this waterfall on our journey to the Westfjords from Snaefell Pensinula, and fell in love with it! The waterfall can be seen right from the side of the road, and you can get some fun shots with a telephoto lens, or going all the way up to it.

Drifandagil waterfall in Iceland

27. Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, and is super fun to photograph! 


With multiple cascades, you get unique views as you climb to the top. Just make sure to have proper equipment to keep your camera from getting wet, as the spray can be a bit intense coming from the top falls.

Dynjandi waterfalls, Instagram spots in Iceland