Everyone loves holiday snaps and with the popularity of social media is has now become extremely easy to share yours with friends and family and other travel enthusiasts from all over the world. Iceland is a photographer’s dream, with dramatic landscapes and stunning colours that require no filter. We’ve made a list of the best places in Reykjavik and the country to brighten up your Instagram feed. Here’s Iceland on Instagram.
This distinctive sculpture, also known as the Sun Voyager, down by the sea in downtown Reykjavík has become the cool instagrammer’s favourite. Not only is the sculpture itself a great visual, with its shape reminiscent of a Viking ship, but the blue sea and the majestic Mt. Esja provide a stunning backdrop.
Reykjavík has embraced the creativity and vision of street artists, and our little city almost feels like a picture book, with everything from enormous murals to quirky little artworks lending it a fantastical feel that often draws from Icelandic culture and myths.
Due to strict dog laws, cat ownership in Reykjavík is extremely common and the cats truly have the run of the town. Take a stroll through any part of the city and I guarantee you’ll make at least one new furry feline friend. The downtown area even has a few Instagram celebrities like Bactus the Cat, who likes to snooze the days away in one of the shops or Púki, a frequent guest at some of the trendiest downtown bars.
The most recognisable landmark in Reykjavík, the Hallgrímskirkja church, is on its way to become more photographed than the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Piza combined! Well, maybe not, but there’s no denying that the pics from Hallgrímskirkja are impressive, whether they’re taken from outside at ground level or from up high in the churchtower.
The sparkling, colourful façade of the Harpa Concert Hall is literally picture perfect. It alternately mimics the famous Northern Lights or an appropriate theme like the rainbow during Pride week and pink during October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The inside isn’t any shabbier with breathtaking ocean views and a glass ceiling that recalls the distinctive basalt formations of the south coast.
Reykjavík has sometimes been likened to a city of doll houses, and while locals might not be super thrilled with the analogy, it’s easy to see how it came about. The cities colourful houses lend it a upbeat feel, something which definitely helps during the dark winter months
You might recognise Skógafoss waterfall from that time Beyoncé and Jay-Z snapped a selfie in front of it. Or from that Justin Bieber video. Or from countless Instagram posts. This star attraction on the south coast is a must-snap for any serious instagrammer.
If you haven’t taken a selfie in the bright blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, wearing a white silica mudmask, have you even really been to Iceland? The lagoon staff helpfully provides special plastic bags so you don’t need to be afraid of your phone getting wet while enjoying the ultimate spa experience.
This is trickier than it seems, as the northern lights can be both elusive and hard to photograph. So if you manage to get a great pic of the colourful dancing lights you’ve certainly earned the right to blast that all over social media!
This statuesque mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula is a favourite among photographers for its distinctive shape and beautiful little nearby waterfall. The name Kirkjufell means church mountain, fitting as it is the most recognisable landmark in the quaint town of Grundarfjörður, where you’ll also find plenty of great photographic material.
This lively geyser erupts around every ten minutes so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture its magnificent burst of water that can reach up to 30 m in height. Waiting for the hot spring is the fun part, tension building and building until finally the water erupts and you scramble to press the button on the camera at the right moment.
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