Here is the shortlist for the best places to take photographs in Iceland. This includes landscape, portrait, urban, and wildlife photography.

1. Blue Lagoon

Blue waters amid the lava fields. A great place to go take photos even if you don't plan to pay for a day pass.

2. Reykjavik

The yellow lighthouse down by the harbor is a great place for a portrait.

3. Öxarárfoss

Beautiful waterfalls in Þingvellir which spill over a short cliff into the canyon caused by the continental rift.

4. Gullfoss

A powerful waterfall stepping into a canyon with plenty of good viewing spots to get many great photos from.

5. Kerlingarfjöll

Orange mountains with rising steam from sources in the valleys. Clouds can often fill the mountains.

6. Haífoss

A beautiful hard to reach waterfall that is well worth it.

7. Landmannalaugar

A Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland which was formed in an eruption.

8. Seljalandsfoss

A magical waterfall that you can walk completely around the back of. A must.

9. Vestmannaeyjar

An island off the south shore with impressive cliff jutting out of the water.

10. Skogarfoss

Perhaps the most majestic and most popular falls in Iceland. It's worth hiking up the canyon as the river has carved a beautiful canyon and there are falls every kilometer. Worth walking up for an hour.

11. Kvernufoss

Less known waterfall on the river next to Skogarfoss.

12. Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

A silver skeleton of a bomber on the black sand beach makes for amazing photos. This is an hour walk out to the plane.

13. Dyrhólaey Arches

A grand peninsula with picturesque views, a lighthouse, and a large arch of volcanic rock protruding into the sea.

14. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Impressive columnar basalt cliffs coming out of the black sand beach. There are also spires of basalt rising from the sea. A magnificent display of volcanic rock.

15. Svartifoss

Amazing falls over columnar basalt cliffs.

16. Jökulsárlón Bay

A glacier bay filled with majestic icebergs and seals.

17. Diamond Beach

Shattered ice burgs washing up onto the black sand. small enough to pick up and others large enough to climb on.

18. Vestrahorn

A vast black sand beach backed with jagged mountains lined with scree. It cost us 800 kr to enter per person.

19. Lake Viti

A small volcanic crater with light blue water that you can swim in during summer.

20. Dettifoss

The most powerful falls in Europe. The west side of the river is better for taking photos. 

21. Húsavík

Is a small fishing town where whale watching tours are popular. These will cost about 100 dollars.

22. Goðafoss

Another beautiful Icelandic waterfall. There are easily accessible cliffs at the falls edge perfect for photography. A bridge downstream also makes both sides worth exploring. 

23. Látrabjarg

The most western point in Europe is home to many Puffins. You can get close to them by lying down on the cliffs edge. There is also a hike along the cliffs that span the coast. 

24. Kirkjufell Mountain

A tall symmetrical mountain rapidly rises from the coast. A small series of falls can be found right beside it. One of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. It is a favorite among publications and a common shot is a long exposure of the falls with the mountain looming in the background. 

25. Arnarstapi Arches

Great coastal arches for walking over and getting a photo on. There are interesting columnar and massive basalt along the coast here. Several amazing arches with waves crashing against the rocks below. There are also many seabirds nesting here. 

26. Buoakirkja Black Church

A small aesthetic black church remains where there was once a town. The church is popular and a hotel was constructed down the hill to cater for weddings at the church. The simple structure is a staple of Iceland's minimal approach to architecture.