15 Iceland Photos that will Inspire Your Next Trip

15 Iceland Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip

Iceland has quickly become one of the most popular destinations to visit, and we totally get why! Iceland has something to offer all year round! You can expect out-of-this-world landscapes, incredible wildlife, the northern lights, and 24-hour daylight. No wonder Iceland has become so popular! Below are 15 Iceland photos to show Iceland’s beauty and inspire your next trip to the country of fire and ice!

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon to inspire you to visit Iceland
Outside the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon of Iceland and likely one of the most famous places to take Iceland photos. Located in a lava field, the Blue Lagoon is a man-made geothermal spa rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur.

It’s the largest in the world and known for its 99-102°F (37–39 °C) stunning milky blue water and healing power from the rich mineral water. People from all around the world are now flocking to this healing spa, and I can attest to an amazing experience here!

Blue Lagoon inspiring Iceland Photos
Inside the Blue Lagoon

Popular year-round, tourists visit the Blue Lagoon to take in its healing powers. It’s best to book your day when arriving in Iceland or leaving since it’s located right next to the international airport. For more tips and tricks on visiting the Blue Lagoon, including getting your ticket, click here!

Waterfalls in Iceland

Do you love waterfalls? Iceland is known to have some of the most incredible waterfalls. Many of which, you can walk pretty close to or even under!

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

View of Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the road to okulsarlon Glacier lagoon
Skogafoss Waterfall view

This waterfall is most famously known for allowing you to go behind the falls and get some amazing shots! Located right off the main highway in south Iceland, it’s a must-see on any traveler’s list!

If you plan to walk behind this waterfall, make sure you have waterproof clothing because it is extremely wet!

Kirkjufell Waterfall

Kirkjufell is one of the most famous mountains in Iceland to take photos of since you can capture waterfalls and the mountain in the same frame! It stands 463 meters high and is one of the best things to do in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

View of Kirkjufell waterfalls in Iceland

For any Game of Thrones fans out there, do you recognize this spot? Kirkjufell appeared in seasons 6 and 7! Right when you thought this spot couldn’t be any better!?

Gullfoss Waterfall

Visit Gullfoss Waterfalls while driving the Golden Circle

Gullfoss Falls is a must-stop on the Golden Circle in Iceland! In good weather, rainbows are very common in the spray of the falls! Find more of Iceland’s top waterfalls here.

Icelandic Horses

Inspiring photo of Icelandic horses next to eachother with a mountain in the background. One horse is cooper colored and the horse on the right is black
Icelandic Horses can be found everywhere

Just about everywhere you go, you will get to see the spunky Icelandic horses! Close to ponies in size, these horses withstand brutal weather conditions throughout the year and have one of the best temperaments.

Because of these traits, foreign horses can’t be imported into the country! Additionally, if an Icelandic horse leaves the country, it can not re-enter.

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Glaciers in Iceland

During a vacation to Iceland, be sure to see at least one glacier! If you plan your visit during the winter, you can even go into glacier tunnels or climb them with a glacier tour. 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

View of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland
View of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

This has to be one of my favorite spots to take photos in Iceland. You are now in the presence of the glaciers at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

One of the most amazing experiences in my life was getting to see glaciers firsthand. This lagoon was actually created from a large glacier that has begun to melt.

Iceland Beaches

You may not think of beaches when you are thinking about Iceland, but Iceland does have some very unique beaches, as you will see below.

Diamond Beach

Diamond beach in Iceland

Across from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, view diamonds on Iceland’s black sand beach! This might be the favorite of my Iceland photos!

As the glacier melts from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, they break off and go into the sea to then wash up on the shore. The contrast of the black sand and ice creates a diamond-looking effect. In my opinion, this is one of the best black sand beaches in Iceland.

There are also tons of awesome places to see during your road trip toJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon!

Vik Beach

Take a seat on the Basalt columns on Vik, Iceland's black sand beach
Vik black sand beach basalt columns.
Vik Basalt Columns at the Black Sand Beach

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without visiting the town of Vik. Get ready to walk on stunning black sand beaches, intense waves crashing, and view the towering basalt columns!

The basalt columns are a creation of basaltic lava that cools from the bottom up, creating long columns in massive clear-cut hexagons!

Walk down the black sand beach in Vik, Iceland

Iceland Landscape Photos

Iceland has some of the most beautiful landscapes to enjoy, and every season offers something new and unique to enjoy.

Strokkur Geyser

Geysir in Iceland on the Golden Circle route

Likely one of the most famous geysers in Iceland is Strokkur. It is the show stopper at the geothermal area in Iceland and shoots out water about every 10 minutes or so! Each spout can reach up to 30 meters (100 ft). You can find this bad baby on the Golden Circle!

Kerið Crater Lake

Driving the Golden Circle to Kerið Crater Lake in Iceland
Driving the Golden Circle to Kerið Crater Lake in Iceland.

Kerið Crater Lake is likely the most popular viewed crater in Iceland. It has rare red volcanic rock and you can walk fully around and to the bottom of the crater!

Roads in Iceland

Road to Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon
Road to Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon

Last but not least, just driving around Iceland offers stunning scenery. We were just blown away!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my 15 Iceland photos as much as we loved taking them! Please remember when visiting any country to travel responsibly and leave no traces (such as garbage).

Many countries, such as Iceland, have very delicate environments, and it’s important we help in keeping them preserved for future generations and travelers! Want more Iceland inspiration? 

reykjavik Church in Iceland
Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik
The Vik Church on top of the hill in Iceland
Vik Church by Black Sand Beach
The Sun Voyager in Iceland
The Sun Voyager

Iceland Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip – Wrap-up

I hope these photos helped add inspiration to book your Iceland trip! It is such an amazing country, you will not be disappointed! 

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

4 thoughts on “15 Iceland Photos that will Inspire Your Next Trip”

  1. Ahh such a good read. I’ve been to Iceland only once and utilized the 9 days I had there and visited much of these places. Don’t you just love Iceland? After all the hiking and exploring my travel buddy and I went to the Blue Lagoon. OMG…if I ever have a layover in Iceland…thats where I’ll be – haha. TOO relaxing!


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