Iceland for Photographers: 10 Hidden Locations

Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland is arguably one of the most photographed countries in the world and rightly so. With its picturesque landscapes, untamed nature and everything from ice to fire it is no surprise that photographers worldwide flock to Iceland. 

Whether you are a landscape photographer, wildlife photographer, wedding photographer or a hobby photographer, these are some of Iceland’s best hidden locations for avid photographers. 


10 x hidden locations for photographers:


The West

1. Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Tucked away on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland, this narrow canyon will have you in awe of its dramatic rock formations and even a hidden waterfall. This makes for a unique backdrop for editorial photoshoots or even a few one-of-a-kind wedding shots. In the summer, the canyon is quite easily accessible, but bear in mind that you need to be well-equipped and willing to get wet if you plan on getting closer to the waterfall. Rauðfeldsgjá Canyon is not accessible in the winter when the ground is icy.

2. Brynjudalur valley

In the Hvalfjörður fjord, you will find Brynjudalur valley. This paradise offers many opportunities for photographers. It has everything your landscape-photography heart desires, including various waterfalls, wide mountain scenery, rivers, and greenery. Take in the stunning landscape and create away.


Icy river in Iceland with a bridge crossing.
Photo: Signe. Barnafoss waterfall in the wintertime.


3. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls 

In West Iceland, nestled in the Borgarfjörður region, you will find these bright blue waterfalls cascading through lava fields, creating a very unique and photogenic landscape. These waterfalls are very close together, and the drive from Reykjavík city takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and is on route of the Silver Circle tour. The hike up to the waterfalls is very easy and only takes a few minutes from the parking space.

4. Hornstrandir nature reserve

For photographers, a trip to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West is definitely worth it. The total area covers 580 square kilometres (220 square miles) of tundra, cliffs, flowering fields, and ice and is especially interesting for wildlife photographers seeing this is the home to Iceland’s only native mammal: the arctic fox. With more than 260 different species of flora, the hike through the wilderness can be challenging but absolutely worth it when capturing a cheeky portrait of a little fox or while letting the greatness of the fjords inspire your creativity.


Borgarfjörður eystri – photo by Golli

The North

5. Hvítserkur rock formation

In North Iceland, on the Vatnsnes Peninsula, the Hvítserkur rock formation rises from the sea, looking like a dragon. This distinctive basalt sea stack offers a surreal background for landscape photography.


The East

6. Hengifoss Waterfall

Hengifoss waterfall is the third-highest waterfall in Iceland. It is located in the East of Iceland and takes about two hours to hike up to it. Therefore, this location requires some commitment and good preparation. The waterfall is framed by vibrant red and black basalt layers, making for a stunning backdrop whether the waterfall is your main subject or you are photographing models.

7. Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord

This remote fjord in the East of Iceland provides endless possibilities for photography. It is known for its stunning landscapes, including rugged mountains, colourful cliffs, picturesque fishing villages, and a beautiful beach. This would be the perfect place for an elopement photographer to take their wedding couple or for some versatile landscape photography.


Hornstrandir – photo by Golli


The South

8. Þjófafoss waterfall

This waterfall is one of three major waterfalls on Þjórsá river, the longest river in Iceland. This milky waterfall is located in the South of Iceland, east of Merkurhraun lava field. The wide, bright blue waterfall with a giant mountain in the background makes for a stunning subject for every type of photography.

9. Brúarfoss waterfall

This hidden gem is perfect for photographers seeking lesser-known landscapes in Iceland. With its turquoise waters and picturesque surroundings, every type of photographer will be in awe of both the colours and the landscape. Brúarfoss waterfall is located near the Golden Circle route, making it easily accessible from Reykjavík city.

10. Nauthúsagil ravine

This stunning ravine is located on the South coast of Iceland and is definitely a hidden gem for photographers. This mystical ravine can be found behind Stóra-Mörk farm, and within it, you will find an amazing hidden waterfall. The hike through the ravine to get to the waterfall is not too advanced, but it is advisable to have good shoes on and expect to get a little wet along the way. When you’ve reached the waterfall – it will all be worth it.


These 10 hidden locations offer photographers the chance to capture the raw beauty and unique landscapes of Iceland away from the crowds, providing unforgettable experiences and stunning images.