Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream. The variety and beauty of the landscapes is astounding. In the following I present some of my images from my visits in 2012 and 2020.
Recently, tourism in Iceland has increased by a staggering amount. Some of the locations that are easy to reach are overcrowded nowadays. There are even environmental issues due to the amount of tourists.
Icelandic Highlands along the Laugavegur Trail
The Laugavegur trail leads through the Icelandic highlands from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk (there is a continuation to Skógar which we didn’t do). It is the most famous and therefore most crowded long-distance trail in Iceland. Nonetheless the landscape is simply stunning and otherworldly. In 2020 my wife and I hiked this trail. Although we normally prefer quieter, less frequented areas we thoroughly enjoyed it. The following images were taken along the trail including some detours/day hikes.
Southern Iceland – Reykjanes, Golden Circle, Waterfalls and Glaciers
In the Icelandic south-west many visitors follow the so-called Golden Circle, featuring Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. Along the southern coast there are several beautiful – and highly frequented – waterfalls. Further east there’s the famous glacier lagoon Jökulsarlón and the Skaftafell National Park.
The first image of the following was created on a hike near Stafafell and shows typical rhyolith formations. Near the eastern Fjords you may pay a visit to Hengifoss, a waterfall with beautiful rock formations. Strútsfoss is nearby but hardly visited in comparison.
Northern Iceland (Dettifoss, Mývatn Area, Goðafoss and more)
The northern part of Iceland is full of attractions, the large waterfalls of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum, the Mývatn area, Goðafoss and more.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula to the west is worth visiting as well and features the volcano Snæfellsjökull that is covered by a glacier. Unfortunately the ice is receding very quickly – I noticed a significant difference with respect to my visit 15 years before.
Kirkjufellsfoss is a relatively small waterfall that in recent years has been photographed a lot. During my visit in 2012 it was not at all as popular as it is today. I was totally alone. I didn’t revisit Snæfellsnes in 2020.