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PHOTOGRAPHY IN ICELAND
 
 
 
Iceland is definitely the photographer's paradise.  
There are very few places on earth with natural outdoor beauty that comes close in  comparison to the landscapes on our island full of volcanoes and glaciers. If you are  a photographer looking to build up your portfolio, then by all means, Iceland needs  to be on your bucket list of places to visit! 
Before we began this blog post, we want our photography readers to understand  that although we at​ ​Kuku Campers​ don’t consider ourselves experts in the realm of  photography, we have had the privilege of renting our camper vans out to hundreds  of photographers from all around the world, and have learned that there are two  specific categories that all Icelandic photography falls under:   
 
Rural Photography 
Urban Photography  
 
With that being said, our goal as established residence isn’t to advise you on how to  capture your photography, but rather help you identify where you will find some of  the most popular landscapes and destinations for both your rural and urban  portfolio.   
So without wasting any more time, let’s break these two categories down and identify  the top 5 attractions you must add to your Icelandic photography bucket list!   
 
RURAL PHOTOGRAPHY 
 
Iceland is especially known for its majestic mountain and waterfront views. Below are  just a few popular places that our photographer customers have enjoyed visiting:   
 
Reynisfjara Beach (black sands and unique basalt rocky  formations) 
 
 
Iceland is known for its black sandy beaches, but Reynisfjara Beach is particularly  stunning. It draws thousands of photographers due to it’s crystal looking cliffs that  linger in the back drop, and rocky statue looking basalt stacks in the ocean waters.  Of course there are also the black sand beaches, caused from past volcanic lava  that poured into the icy waters, creating a solid mass which eventually disintegrated  into the totally black sand you see today. 
 
You will have plenty of choices of what shots you want to take on this beach, as it is  one of the top 10 most tropical beaches to visit, according ​to the National  Geographic.   
 
Solheimasandur Plane Crash 
 
 
The ruins of the emergency crash landing of the U.S. Navy  Douglas Super DC-3 can  still be visited by tourists to this day, more than 40 years after the landing. Before  2016, photographers could drive down to the wreckage along a side road, but since  then, any driving on the land is strictly forbidden. You can however park along the  Ring Road, Route 1, and hike about 2.5 miles to the wreckage.   The walk isn’t so bad, but do be mindful of which season you go, as the weather can  go from clear to raining quickly. Make sure you bring rain jackets and weatther proof  covering for your camera equipment.  
 
Why the big deal about a crashed plane?  
 
If you’re looking to capture something ominus for your portfolio, then this is the place  in Iceland. In fact, a lot of credit for the tourists visiting this plane come from thousands of photographers who have been able to seize the inauspicious view of  the old aircraft doomed to ruins with the black sand and gray clouds hanging above.   
 
To get to the Solheimasandur Plane Crash, take the Ring Road, or Route 1, south, if  you’re coming from the west side. You'll pass through the small village of Ásólfsskáli,  and keep going south/east for another 25 minutes, until you come across what  appears to be a closed off driveway with cars parked on the side of the road (other  tourists). There are also signs indicating how to get to the plane by foot.  Every step is worth the picture!   
 
Seljalandsfoss WaterFall 
 
 
Iceland has many beautifully stunning waterfalls, but this one is truly the gem for  photographers due to its easy accessibility allowing you to snap shots behind the fall  as well as off to the sides, getting some very unique angles that you couldn’t  otherwise capture at most other waterfalls. 
 
The panoramic views are so breathtaking in fact, that according to ​Guide to Iceland​,  it was Seljalandsfoss WaterFall that Justin Beiber chose to shoot his music video “I’ll  Show You”. For you Bieber fans, ​you can watch his video here.   
 
 The waterfall isn’t too far off the Ring Road, and is a popular attraction for  photographers, and for good reason, the views to capture here are utterly priceless.   To get to the main parking lot, drive 14 miles north/west on the Ring Road and take a  right onto Route 249. The parking lot is on your right, you can’t miss it!   
 
There are so many more amazing rural places to visit in Iceland, and we  will cover more of those in another blog article. For those of you looking  to seize some of Iceland's more urban and cultural life styles, the rest of  this article will focus on two of the most popular places to visit.   
 
URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY 
 
 
Skólavörðustígur Street, and  Hallgrímskirkja Church   
 
 
This breathtaking view of Skólavörðustígur Street captures the heart of the capital  city of Reykjavik. With the bright colors of rooftops speckle across the north side of  the town and the crystal blue bay waters in the back drop, it’s no wonder this is one  of Reykjavik’s most popular urban photography sites.    
 
As popular as this photography angle is, there is only one secret way to obtain this  shot. It is illegal to use a drone in this area, so the only way to capture this image is  by visiting the Hallgrímskirkja Church across the street, climbing to the top floor and  snapping the photo from the tower window above.   
 
 
The church building itself is of magnificent architectural structure which was  designed with an Icelandic Expressionist Style, making it a popular building for  photographers to also snap pictures of.    
And even though the Skólavörðustígur Street angle is a popular picture, there are  some rare and non-existent photos that many photographers haven’t been able to  capture yet or do on a very rare basis.  Some photos include the city with a:   
 
Northern Lights in the Background​.
 
Seeing the northern lights can be a  common event in the city of Reykjavik, and although there are many  photographs of this occurrence, to our knowledge there is yet to be one of the  Skólavörðustígur Street view from the church tower. Maybe you’ll be the first  one! 
 
Rainbow over the harbor.​
 
The only known photo that we’re aware of with this  spectacular natural phenomenon over the Skólavörðustígur Street is published on the ​Guid to Iceland’s website​. Other than that, to get this shot  would require the perfect timing and being in the church tower at just the  right moment. Anything is possible though!  

 


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