25 Photos of Iceland that will give you wanderlust!

25 Photos of Iceland that will make you want to visit right now!

I was lucky enough to go on a last-minute (and completely unplanned!) trip to Iceland last year. You can see my post about my trip here.

I absolutely loved Iceland – my time there was incredible.

I was lucky enough to travel with the gorgeous Carla of Carla Thomas Photography. She taught me a lot more on how to use my camera, rather than just keeping it in ‘point and shoot’ mode. As you can imagine I had plenty of subjects to photograph as Iceland is stunning!

I love inspiring people to travel to new places and so am starting a new series on the blog. It’s called ’25 Photos’ and each month I’ll share 25 photos of a new destination. I’ll try to get in a good mix of images to show you the different amazing things about each place. This month I’m sharing Iceland as it’s almost a whole year since I was there!

1 and 2 – Ice Ice Baby

This photo is by Matias Molina and was taken inside a glacier – what an incredible shot!

The name ‘Iceland’ is actually quite misleading. Whilst there is of course, plenty of ice, there’s a reason why the country is called ‘the land of ice AND fire’. It’s actually a very green country, fuelled by volcanic and geothermal energy.

3 – Northern Lights

Of course, this wouldn’t be a post about Iceland if I hadn’t featured the Northern Lights. I love this shot Carla took when we got to see them on our trip. Such an unforgettable moment!

4 – Street Art

Reykjavik – the capital city is full of fantastic street art. There are even tours available based around the various street art.

The one pictured below was my favourite because of its bright colours. Because of those bright colours it really stood out as we rounded the corner and the comic book style made me smile.

5 – Icelandic Horses

According to Inspired by Iceland:

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 years ago. Archeological digs in Europe have revealed that it is descendent from an ancient breed of horses that is now extinct outside of Iceland, where it has been preserved in isolation.

And well.. they are cute!

6 – ‘House Hunting’ in Iceland

One of my favourite ways to pass the time in a new place is to simply walk around local neighbourhoods. I love stopping to look at the local housing and imagining which place I would live in if I moved there!

Reykjavik has beautiful colourfully painted traditional houses. It’s a real pleasure to wander through the residential areas there.

7 – Puffins!

You can find puffins galore in Iceland! I love this shot by Chris Faulkner of this gorgeous bird.

8, 9 and 10 – Geothermal Pools

Iceland is well known for its geothermal pools. There are lots of these dotted about the country – many are open for a swim.

Geothermal energy is what heats the homes, baths and pools in Iceland.

This shot by Brian Boolukos shows someone about to dive in.

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We found a Hobbit hot tub😂

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Can we just take a moment to imagine how peaceful this would be? Great pic by E L Jackson.

And of course the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland is The Blue Lagoon!

11 and 12 – DO go chasing waterfalls

There are A LOT of waterfalls in Iceland. We visited these ones:

  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Gullfoss
  • Skogafoss
  • Dettifoss
  • Selfoss
  • Barnafossar

And despite seeing so many during our trip I never got bored of them! Such an incredible sight to see.



13 and 14 – History

Anyone who knows me will know that I’m really into History. Particularly Viking and Norse history. You can imagine how excited I was to be in Iceland then right? It’s the same reason I loved Sweden so much too!

We visited the Viking Museum in Rejykavik and I loved learning more about the Icelandic Sagas.

15 and 16 – Photo Opps

Considering how darn beautiful Iceland is – it’s no surprise that photography, in general, makes this list. Seriously – you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for your snaps!

17 – Having a ‘whale’ of a time?

Ok so, unfortunately, I didn’t get to go whale spotting in Iceland as we were in the offseason. However, Anne from The Art of Travel did. I love this snap she took.

18 – National Park

I’m a fan of a national park in general. However, Pingviller National Park was hands down my favourite!

We went both during the daytime and in the evening (it’s where we spotted the Northern Lights). It was beautiful on both occasions that we visited.

19 – Icelandic Lamb

The lamb stew I had in Iceland was completely unbeatable! I loved it so much I went back for seconds! Also the ridiculously fluffy sheep were very sweet!

20 – Geysers (no not geezers)

You know you’re from London when the word ‘geezer’ calls to mind market traders in flatcaps and gold chains ha! Geysers in Iceland are of a much prettier nature. Here is Stokkur – I visited in torrential rain and waited 24 minutes for it to do only a tiny blow out. Love seeing everybody else’s photos of it in full steam!

21 and 22 – Black Sand

Vik and its black sand beach was one of my favourite stops on our Icelandic trip. It was so atmospheric with the big cave, black sand and crashing waves.

23 – Steeples

Since Iceland was Christianized in the year 1000AD there are a LOT of churches in Iceland. From the incredible and massive Hallgrímskirkja church in central Reykjavik right through to tiny little wooden churches scattered in the countryside. Each and everyone was so picturesque and peaceful. Apparantly some people in Iceland still believe in the Norse gods and are therefore petitioning and crowd-funding to build a shrine to them too. I think that’s pretty cool!

24 – Harping on

Talking about beautiful buildings – you can’t forget Harpa. Harpa is Iceland’s concert hall and event venue. It’s a crazy, slightly psychedelic structure overlooking the harbour in Reykjavik. It’s a pretty cool place to stop for a coffee, it also makes a great place to avoid the rain!

25 – Cinnamon Buns

Iceland is rugged – kind ‘rough and ready’. I love that about the country – even in the city you never feel far from nature. But all that outdoors air also really makes you hungry. It’s lucky then, that Iceland is home to some of the best cinnamon buns I have ever eaten! Our favourite place was Braud & Co – who make buns almost as big as your head! Because cinnamon buns are, of course, so much nicer if they are big!

And there you have it – 25 photos to inspire your wanderlust and have you booking a trip to Iceland! If, as a result, you do book a trip – let me know! I’d love to see your photos 🙂 Have you been to Iceland?

If you want to find out more about visiting the country visit:

Inspired by Iceland

The Official Gateway to Iceland



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  • Reply Tyra October 13, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Waaaaah I want to go! Mission accomplished Alex, you had me screaming at every photo! My first destination would be to get cinammon buns,then lamb stew, geothermal pools, and everything else!!

    Iceland is just, just, beautiful! Great post! Looking forward to you continuing these series!

  • Reply Aditi October 13, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Not like I needed a reason to visit Iceland, but these pictures have got my Ice-lust metre soaring!!!! Puffins are the cutest things to spot there. I’d love to visit the geothermal pools, go trekking and watch the Northern Lights. Cheers!!

  • Reply Helene October 13, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Wow, all these photos are incredibly gorgeous!:) I love puffins, hope I get to see some at some point:) what a great idea for a blog series!:D

  • Reply Travelquartz October 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Just when I thought that it can’t get any better I saw the aurora lights and then a cinnamon roll. Just wow. I’m bookmarking this to keep seeing it forever 😍

  • Reply lexieanimetravel October 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Woah, Iceland is one of those countries that I’ve been dreaming to visit. I really hope one day I could visit here, not just the northern lights but all of its features are mostly attractive the a new country for me to discover!

  • Reply Katie October 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Wow these are simply stunning pictures!!! AMAZING!!!!! I would love to visit Iceland – it has been on my bucket list for so long!

  • Reply Rahat Arora October 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Every picture of Iceland are stunning and incredible. My reaction on every picture is WOW and also one of my best places in the world

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