Iceland is a place full of landscapes sure to make your jaw drop and leave you in awe. It’s just an added bonus the country also looks great on social media. Though there are hundreds of Instagram-worthy spots around the island,  we’ve rounded up the 25 most Instagrammable places in Iceland to get your photo wishlist started. From natural hot springs to off-the-beaten-path waterfalls, these spots will create a gorgeous Instagram gallery of your trip to Iceland.

Here are the 25 best places to Instagram in Iceland.

1. Blue Lagoon

Best way to end my amazing journey in Iceland soaking it up in the Blue Lagoon hot springs.

A photo posted by Nainoa Makana Kapono (@threeifbysea) on

The Blue Lagoon isn’t one of the most visited spots in Iceland without reason. The mineral-rich silica mud and seawater are said to have natural healing powers, particularly for the skin. But it’s not the Blue Lagoon’s luxury spa treatments that make it one of the top Instagrammed spots in Iceland; it’s the milky blue water set amongst the lunar-like landscape of black rocks. It’s particularly picturesque when the black rocks are dusted with snow in winter.

Read about tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon.

2. Reykjavik

Iceland is full of natural wonders of jaw-droppingly beautiful proportions, but the country’s colorful capital has some pretty Instagram-worthy spots too. Take the elevator to the top of Hallgrimkskirkja for a 360-degree panorama of the city below. Stroll down the waterfront to the Sun Voyager, the contemporary art sculpture that appears to emanate gold when the sun’s rays hit it. And don’t miss photographing the glittering Harpa concert hall that juts out into the harbor.

3. Gullfoss

Iceland • Standing on the edge of the upper falls of Gullfoss

A photo posted by Evan Meyer (@evmeyerphoto) on

Iceland has about a million waterfalls–or at least you might think so after driving around for a few hours. There are so many that many of them don’t even have names. But  Gullfoss is an Iceland icon. Perhaps because it’s easily accessible on a Golden Circle tour, Gullfoss is the most visited waterfall in Iceland. It often has a shimmery rainbow arching across the 105-foot double-cascade waterfall.

4. Geysir

About to pop!

A photo posted by Amélie (@mostlyamelie) on

Another attraction on Iceland’s Golden Circle route is Geysir. Geysir technically refers to The Great Geysir, which has been dormant since 1916.  But another spouting geyser just 100 meters from the original Geysir erupts around every six minutes. Its name is Strokkur and it shoots 20-30 meters (65-100 feet) into the air. Try to catch it as the boiling water creates a bubble for a unique shot of this popular attraction.

5. Thingvellir

Literally translating to “Parliament Plains,” Thingvellir is the site of many of Iceland’s major historical events. If that alone isn’t reason enough to visit, it’s also the only place on earth where the Earth’s tectonic plates can be seen above ground. For a truly unique photo, suit up in a dry suit and snorkel or dive in the crystal clear water be
tween the European and North American continents.

6. Secret Lagoon

Iceland is filled with natural hot springs–and while the Blue Lagoon is worth a visit, it’s actually not a natural hot spring. For a truly Icelandic experience, take a dip in the Secret Lagoon, which is located in the village of Fludir, not far from the Golden Circle. A selfie with the Northern Lights dancing overhead is the ultimate Instagram of this spot.

7. Landmannalaugar

Found a nice trail next to Landmannalagur.. 📷#sonya7ii

A photo posted by Johan Vall (@johanvallpix) on

 

It’s worth spending time in the south to venture up into the highlands at Landmannalaugar. You’ll need a 4WD because there are no paved roads in the highlands, but the mind-blowing landscapes, multi-colored mountains, and less-visited waterfalls like Þjófafoss (Thieves Falls) are worth the washboard ride up. And don’t miss a chance to snap a photo of Iceland’s infamous and most active volcano, Hekla.

8. Seljalandsfoss

Iceland has its fair share of popular waterfalls. What makes Seljalandsfoss so special is that you can walk behind this falling water for a truly unique view. Just be prepared to get wet.

Read about the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. 

9. Skógafoss

 

Spilling over the cliffs of Iceland’s former coastline, Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. A legend tells a tale of a chest of gold that was hidden behind the rushing water.

10. Vestmannaeyjar

Take the ferry over to the Westman Islands, located just off the South Coast. Vestmannaeyjar is like a modern day Pompeii; a volcanic eruption almost devastated the town in 1973. Eldfell, the volcano that erupted without warning, now lies sleeping and you can climb to the top for a panoramic view of the town below with some buildings still partially buried in the hardened lava. You might even spot some locals baking their bread in the still-steaming ground.

11. Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey at the southern tip of Iceland. #iceland #dyrholaey

A photo posted by Zach Moore (@zachmmoore) on

Dyrhólaey is technically a peninsula jutting of the South Coast of Iceland, but it’s the stone arch with a hole and view to the sea that everyone wants to photograph. Step up your Instagram game by walking to the upper part of Dyrhólaey. You’ll find a unique lighthouse that looks like a little castle, and a great view of the black sand below. 

12. Reynisdrangar

The spiky basalt stacks jutting out of the ocean are the image most associated with the nearby village of Vik and Reynisfjara beach. If you look closely, you might notice that the rocks look like the masts of a ship. Iceland loves its tales of elves and trolls and legend has it that Reynisdrangar is two trolls who were dragging a ship out of the sea when they turned to stone at first daylight.

13. Vik

Nothing but rain and fog along Iceland's south coast the past few days, just the way I like it.

A photo posted by Alex (@alexstelma) on

For a stunning view over the southernmost point of mainland Iceland, climb up behind the church in Vik. You’ll capture the iconic red and white church, the houses of the village below, the striking black sand beach against the blue Atlantic and the Reynisdrangar in the distance.

14. Svartifoss

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer 😉 @leefilters #iceland #svartifoss #waterfall #travel #sonyalpha #leefilters #photography #summer

A photo posted by Garðar Ólafs Photography (@gardarolafsphotography) on

Start at the Skaftafell Visitor Center and follow the signs to the viewpoint for Svartifoss, one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in Vatnajökull National Park. But don’t stop at the viewpoint; continue down into the ravine where you’ll find a footbridge that crosses the river and affords you a head on view of the waterfall and surrounding lava columns that make it unique. 

15. Jökulsárlón

Paddleboarding through a glacier lagoon #fromwhereidrone ]+[ 📸: @bensofbrooklyn

A photo posted by From Where I Drone® (@fromwhereidrone) on

Giant pieces of blue ice break off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and calve into Iceland’s largest glacial lake before they float out a channel into the Atlantic Ocean. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is such a spectacular setting its even appeared in blockbusters from James Bond to Batman. Take a zodiac tour to get truly up close to the icebergs and the colony of seals that love to lounge on them.

16. Dettifoss

The mighty Dettifoss in northern Iceland

A photo posted by Cyrill Hänni (@cyrillhaenni) on

You can get really up close and personal with Europe’s most powerful waterfall if you’ve got a 4WD suitable for the F roads. Take the gravel road to the east side and then can hike down right on to the Jökulsá River for a truly breathtaking view of the powerful water crashing down Dettifoss. Just be extremely careful on the rough trail here.

17. Húsavík

 

Húsavík is the whale-watching capital of Iceland. Visit in summer and get your camera ready to Instagram blue, humpback and minke whales along with harbor porpoises and dolphins, all set against the backdrop of the charming town. 

18. Goðafoss

The “waterfall of the gods” is like the Niagara Falls of Iceland,  with the water of the Skjálfandafljót River rushing down the horseshoe shaped falls that are over 30 meters (100 feet) wide. Visit Goðafoss in winter when the river partially freezes and the rushing water breaks it up into huge chunks of ice for a truly otherworldly scene.

19. Krafla

The Crater of Hell was formed in 1724 from an eruption of steam. The striking juxtaposition of teal blue lake against the brown crater and stacks of steam rising from the area make for an epically Instagrammable shot.

20. Akureyri

#iceland #islande #akureyri #akureyrarkirkja

A photo posted by Pierre Pottier (@pierre.pottier) on

If your Iceland trip started in Reykjavik and you traveled the Ring Road east, by now your Instagram feed is filled with jaw-dropping shots of waterfalls, icebergs, and Iceland’s wildlife. Northern Iceland’s Akureyri is a great opportunity to add a funky mix of cool cafes like the Bláa Kannan Café, interesting architecture like the Laufas turf houses built in 1865, and a  burst of color from the flowers at the Akureyri Botanical Garden.

21. Krossneslaug

Drove almost 6 hours one way to the top of Iceland to swim in this pool

A photo posted by Sam Yong (@samyongpersonal) on

The Westfjords are the least visited part of Iceland, though this public pool built right on the beach by farmers in 1954 is well worth venturing off-the-beaten-path. The crystalline blue pool is a striking contrast to the black beach and ocean just beyond.

22. Dynjandi

While you’re in the Westfjords, you won’t want to miss Dynjandi. This waterfall is actually a series of waterfalls stacked over 100 meters (328 feet) high on top of one of another. You can even camp at the grounds at the base of the waterfall. Now, that’s waking up with a view.

23. Látrabjarg

The westernmost point in Iceland is also the most visited spot in the Westfjords. In summer, Látrabjarg is home to an unfathomable number of birds. Puffins, gannets and guillemots are safe from Arctic fox on the series of dizzyingly high cliffs and will let you get quite close to photograph them.

24. Stykkishólmur

A photo posted by Karen Lovely (@karenlovely) on

Are you a The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fan? The scene where Walter meets the drunken helicopter pilot in Nuuk, Greenland, was actually filmed in this colorful town on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

25. Kirkjufell

The most popular spot in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the cone shaped Kirkjufell mountain. It’s actually a hard shot to capture; you’ll need a wide angle lens and to cross the bridge to just the perfect spot on the hill across the river.

Bonus:

While these aren’t places, these four shots are essential for any complete Instagram tour of Iceland.

Northern Lights (September to March)

 

Icelandic horses

Icelandic horse in Icelandic nature. It doesn't get much better than that! #Iceland #horseriding #horses #icelandichorse

A photo posted by Extreme Iceland (@extremeiceland) on

Driving in Iceland

Happiness can always be found on an empty dirt road. . ( currently writing this while stuck in freeway traffic)

A photo posted by ChrisBurkard (@chrisburkard) on

Puffins (April to September)

Check out the map below or click here to follow the itinerary to see all 25 of the most Instagrammable places in Iceland. 

Instagram Iceland map
About the author

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is now based in Bordeaux, France after living in Italy for seven years. She works as a freelance social media strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Luxe Adventure Traveler was named as one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as National Geographic, CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure and on the Travel Channel.

Other posts by