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Iceland Photo Tour in 22 Pictures


Yes. You should go to Iceland. This country is so beautiful it’s stupid. In about a week, I did a round trip drive from Reykjavik to the eastern town of Höfn – about 300 miles one way. I kept a good pace, but left plenty of time to explore. If you’re planning a trip, I suggest a similar plan and I hope a few of my pictures of Iceland will help. Despite its rising popularity, this is still a country of relative isolation. Go and enjoy that feeling.

Need an itinerary? Check out my 7-day guide to roadtripping Iceland.

 

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The continental plates at Iceland’s Thingvellir.

Thingvellir National Park is within 45 minutes of Reykjavík. This site is where Iceland’s parliament – one of the oldest in the world – established itself in 930. I didn’t forget a one. During a visit, you will walk between the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia. These giant rock walls are the edges of Earth.

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Seljalandsfoss

Waterfalls are a constant feature of the landscape due to Iceland’s numerous glaciers. The popular fall of Seljalandsfoss is an opportunity to go behind the water.

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Geothermal spring of Strokkur

The geothermal area near Strokkur is a popular stop on the Golden Circle. This geyser erupts every six minutes, one of the world’s only reliable, frequent geysers. Stay for a couple rounds of eruptions. But the chase for a perfect picture may keep you longer.

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Iceland’s ring road

Iceland’s best photos often come on the side of the road.

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Vik, Iceland

Vik is a good stopping point. This remote fishing village is a two-hour drive from the capital and has numerous hostels and hotels. You’ll find a few grocery stores too: Kronan, Kjarval, and Kr Supermarket.

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The many lakes and mountains in Iceland

This is some Brokeback Mountain shit right here.

 

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The local dog at an Iceland guesthouse.

Dogs don’t go to heaven. They go to Iceland.

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Fetch!

A bus driver gets some fetch in with the farm dog. By the way, don’t take a tour bus. Rent a car. You’re in Iceland, don’t let other tourists dictate what you’re doing.

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Sólheimajökull Glacier

Sólheimajökull glacier once expanded beyond the lake, but rising temperatures have made quick work of the ice.

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Hiking inside Sólheimajökull

A glacier hike was the only paid activity I did in Iceland. If you have enough money, get on the ice with a good tour guide.

 

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Ash and ice at Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull is between two volcanos, hence the blue ice and black ash.

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An one-way bridge on the ring road.

Long, one-way bridges are common on Iceland’s ring road, but they’re nothing to worry about.

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The lagoon near Jökulsárlón

The glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón is among Iceland’s most surreal sights. As the temperature warms, large chunks of ice break off and float out to sea, where they soon wash back up on shore.

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The black-sand beach near Jökulsárlón

This glacial lagoon was an unexpected long stop, as I watched the tide and ice roll in over the black-sand beach.

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The views on Sólheimasandur

The DC-3 crash is a long walk. If you go near dusk, prepare to go back in the dark. But, there’s no better place to watch a sunset.

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A closeup of Iceland’s DC-3 crash

The abandoned aircraft is a popular spot for leaving a mark (please don’t).

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Inside the famed DC-3

For a flight even cheaper than WOW Air. You can find my budget airline compliant backpack in the gear section.

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One of Iceland’s many villages

Iceland has one city with over 100,000 people. Everywhere else looks something like this.

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Vik’s beach

The iconic spire of Vik’s black-sand beach.

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Höfn

A small hill behind my Höfn hostel offered a pleasant vantage point. Enjoy a refreshing Gull while you’re at it.

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Sólheimasandur beach

This sunset comes from the unworldly beach near the DC-3 crash.

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Iceland’s Northern Lights

You can’t do an Iceland album without the Northern Lights.

All of these photos were taken on my road trip along the eastern coast of Iceland. I’ve made my custom Iceland Google map available, so you can visit all these spots with ease.