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29 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Iceland

by Kat
Icelandic horses running along the ring road.
Iceland is a country that has very diverse landscapes. With lava fields, waterfalls, black sand beaches, mountains, and geothermal fields, Iceland has scenery that can enchant anyone! During my trip to Iceland, I was constantly amazed by its beauty. I never once felt bored during the trip because I loved every place I saw. I hope these photos inspire you to visit Iceland if you haven’t already, and if you have I hope they bring back fond memories.
View of Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja
View of downtown Reykjavik from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church. This is a must-have shot for anyone who visits Reykjavik!
Lava field by Hellisheiði Power Station, Iceland
A lava field outside Hellisheiði Power Station. It is one of the largest geothermal power plants in the world.
A mountain near Gulfoss waterfall in South Iceland.
View of a mountain from Gulfoss.
Scenery on the Ring Road in South Iceland.
Gorgeous scenery on the way to Skogafoss.
Double rainbows over Skogafoss waterfall in South Iceland
Double rainbows at Skogafoss. On sunny days, you can usually see a single or double rainbow because of the amount of spray the waterfall produces.
To get a sense of how big Skogafoss is, check out this photo that shows how tiny two people look next to it!
Scenery in South Iceland near Vik
Scenery on the way to Vik.
Scenery on the Ring Road near Vik
Imagine living right under these cliffs!
The place where Eyjafjallajökull volcano.erupted in 2010.
A farm near where Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010.
Beautiful green mountain in South Iceland
This scenery is like from another planet!
A field near Reynisfjara beach in Vik, Iceland.
Vik, Iceland on the way to Reynisfjara Beach.
Scenery near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Interesting landscape near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Mountains in Skaftafell National Park
Mountains in Skaftafell National Park.
A house in Skaftafell National Park
A house in Skaftafell National Park.
A van driving on the highway in Skaftafell National Park
A van driving on the highway in Skaftafell National Park.
A turf church in the Öræfi region in Southeast Iceland.
Hofskirkja is a traditional turf church in Öræfi, Southeast Iceland.
An iceberg in Jokulsarlon lagoon
An iceberg floating in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Scenes from the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed there. I watched the movie on the plane ride to Iceland.
Chunks of ice are washed onto a beach near Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón, where you can find diamond-like chunks of ice lying on the beach.
Sunset in the town of Hofn,
Sunset in the fishing town of Hofn.
Mountains near Hofn.
View from the walking path in Hofn.
Djúpavogshreppur beach, East Iceland on a sunny day
Djúpavogshreppur Beach.
View of the ocean near Djúpavogshreppur
Near Djúpavogshreppur. Such calm water!
Fishing boats in the town of Djúpivogur
Djúpivogur, a town in East Iceland.
Fáskrúðsfjörður is a village in Eastern Iceland.
The village of Fáskrúðsfjörður was originally settled by French seamen. Street signs here are in both Icelandic and French and there is an exhibit about the history of the town in Fosshotel Eastfjords.
Sulfur steam emitting from Hverir geothermal field in Iceland
Hverir, a geothermal field with Mars-like scenery. Large volumes of sulfur steam emit from the ground here, so the area has a strong rotten egg smell. On a cold day, the warm steam feels very comforting.
A whale shows its tail in the ocean near Hauganes, Iceland
A whale shows its tail near Hauganes, North Iceland. I took a boat tour with Whale Watching Hauganes and was amazed at how many whales I saw! Although none jumped out of the water, I saw their tails and fins many times.
Kolufoss in Kolugljúfur, Northern Iceland
Kolufoss.
Icelandic Horses near Kolugljúfur
Icelandic horses grazing in a field near Kolugljúfur. I love their shaggy manes!
Horse corral event near Kolufoss
During the summer, most Icelandic horses spend their time roaming free. At the end of September/early October, the horses are brought down from the mountains to be rounded up and returned to their owners. During this time, some horse lovers from overseas join riding tours and help round up the horses. The most popular horse corral in Iceland is Laufskálarétt. I was taking photos of Kolufoss when I heard the sound of horses coming and immediately ran over to the side of the road to watch! It was an amazing experience to see so many horses galloping past and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
View from Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park.

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26 comments

Jess July 15, 2017 - 6:55 pm

The rainbow waterfall, the whale and the horses are my favourites! Iceland is high on my list to go to !

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Julie July 15, 2017 - 8:32 pm

What lovely pics. I think you have captured the essence of this beautiful country. Love the horse pic in particular.

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Kat July 18, 2017 - 11:05 pm

Thank you! The horse pics are my favourite too. 😀

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Kristen July 15, 2017 - 8:43 pm

Iceland looks so amazing! Your photos are absolutely stunning and making me want to go right now. I can’t believe how adorable those horses are; I’m in love!

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Anna Schlaht July 15, 2017 - 9:27 pm

Gah, Iceland is so beautiful (and so are the horses, omg). I’m in the “fond memories” camp as we visited last year, but these photos made me so excited to return in October and see all the places we missed before. Especially the waterfalls, Vik, and the glacier! Just incredibly magical. Thanks for sharing your photos with us! 🙂

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Lucy - Travel Textbook July 15, 2017 - 10:47 pm

Iceland looks phenomenal! Your photos are absolutely stunning – I can’t wait to visit one day 🙂

Lucy x

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Lindsey July 15, 2017 - 10:50 pm

I meannnnn….just giving me even more FOMO for Iceland!

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Julie Cao July 16, 2017 - 12:04 am

Wow the double rainbow over the waterfall is so stunning! Iceland seems like a dream and a completely untaimed place from your pictures. It is wonderful to immerse yourself into the nature beauty and not being disturbed by the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Cat Holladay July 16, 2017 - 12:25 am

Just got back from Iceland and saw most of these places too! Beautifully captured! Looks like you were lucky enough to have amazing weather also! Unfortunately, we had very cloudy weather all but one morning. It was still amazing though! I love how Iceland changes landscape at almost every turn! It’s like 10 planets on one island.

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Vicki July 16, 2017 - 12:50 am

Wow. This pictures inspire me to travel to Iceland right now. I love the waterfall picture. Amazing work. It all looks so peaceful and tranquil. And I love places that are not overcrowded by tourists. Looks like the place to be!

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Katherine July 16, 2017 - 2:07 am

So beautiful! 😍 I have wanted to go for so long and now this inspires me even more! This will help me know where all the amazing spots are to capture 😉

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Eniko July 16, 2017 - 2:27 am

I visited Iceland last summer and absolutely loved it. The Icelandic horses are just the cutest! I’m planning to go back in the winter to see the Northern lights! Thanks for sharing your article brought back some nice memories of my trip.

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Ellis July 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

THese pictures definetly inspired me to visit Iceland. Wonderful.

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Mina July 16, 2017 - 6:59 am

An inspiration indeed! Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for the share

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Mina July 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

An inspiration indeed. And you pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for the share

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Wendy July 16, 2017 - 7:15 am

OMG, your pictures are so much better than mine. I have to go back!

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Diana July 16, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Beautiful pictures!!! I loved iceland especially all the waterfalls!
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Diana
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Olivia July 16, 2017 - 6:08 pm

Beautiful! What time of year did you go? I’m counting down the weeks until I head there myself!!

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Kat July 18, 2017 - 11:16 pm

I went at the end of September/early October. 🙂 Hope you have a great time in Iceland!

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Penny West July 16, 2017 - 8:34 pm

Oh so gorgeous. I just added Iceland to my bucket list.

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Jas from My Suitcase Journeys July 16, 2017 - 11:43 pm

Your photos are absolutely stunning! Iceland’s been on my bucket list for some time now and this just makes me wanna fly over ASAP!

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Ruth | Tanama Tales July 17, 2017 - 10:11 pm

Love Iceland! I got to visit during a layover. Not a lot of time to explore but it was enough to want to go back.

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Ling Ge July 18, 2017 - 5:58 pm

I miss Iceland. Been there twice already and want more. Some very beautiful photos and hope to return again soon.

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Rajlakshmi July 30, 2017 - 2:28 am

Ohhh how stunning is Iceland… I am so in love with your pictures. The natural beauty of Iceland is breathtaking … thank you for this visual tour. I really hope I get to visit the place someday.. 🙂

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Clazz January 21, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Absolutely incredible photos, the scenery in Iceland always blows me away! Those beaches look amazing too. And I love that turf church! I definitely need to explore Iceland more, it feels like when I visited it was just a whistlestop tour.

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