Another “bucket list” photographic opportunity in Iceland is of course the Northern Lights. You’ve a chance of seeing them in pretty much any place when there are clear skies, and many of the hotels in Iceland also do a Northern Lights “wake up call”, where they’ll ring your room at any hour of the night if the lights have appeared, which is very handy. We were lucky enough to have one small showing, but again it’s pot luck whether you see them, so don’t go solely for this or you may be disappointed.
During the trip we ventured as far east on the coastal ring road as the glacial lagoon, and I was shocked by how far the glacier that feeds it has retreated since the last time I visited four years earlier. It’s still a beautiful place though and the “ice beach” just across the road is also a fantastic photography location. It was unfortunately devoid of ice when we visited, but many other locations didn’t fail to disappoint. The waterfalls along the “golden circle” and south coast ring road are all magnificent (Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss) although seemingly the rest of the world has now “discovered” Iceland and it was very busy at all of these locations. You can easily get around this by going early or late in the day though. The glacier at Svinafellsjokul (just to the east of Skaftafell) was one of my favorite locations of the trip and I’d highly recommend it. A couple of hapless tourists had decided to go for a wander on it (an extraordinarily bad idea) but they did add a sense scale to my shots, so maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on them!