New book: Photographing Iceland: A photo guide to 100 locations

We are pleased to announce our new book Photographing Iceland: A photo guide to 100 locations. We really put our hearts into this book. The result of a vast undertaking, the book provides comprehensive coverage of 100 locations – all the classic ones and a surprising number of lesser-known gems.  

The perfect travel companion for anyone visiting Iceland with a camera

Our goal was to make the book as practical as possible for anyone visiting Iceland with a camera. The result is the book we wish we had when we were just starting to travel around the country specifically to photograph nature and the landscape.

The coverage of each location gives insight into the history, geology and folklore where it fits, but the main aim is to provide the photographing traveller with information, not only about what makes the location interesting, but also about the best time of day and year to visit, how to reach the location, options in accommodation as well as pro photography tips, main dangers and traps.

Key features

  • 100 locations. The classic ones and a surprising number of lesser-known gems.
  • Detailed –hard to get interesting information about the locations.
  • Online maps for your phone.
  • Pro photography tips.
  • Suggested photography trips.
  • Choosing how to travel.
  • Safety and driving in Iceland.
  • Time-saving info.
  • Money-saving tips and spending traps.
  • Main dangers and traps.

It is our belief that by reading about the locations before arriving, the experience and the approach of the visit will be both more efficient and enjoyable.

Methods, techniques, and equipment: a delicate business

The book is not a photography manual. We assume that the reader already has a basic knowledge of photography. Nevertheless, we go over the methods and equipment that you can expect to be particularly useful in Iceland.

Photographing Iceland - a photo guide to 100 locations

Telling a photographer which camera and lens to use or how to take photos, is a bit like telling a painter which paintbrush to use or a chef which spice: a delicate business. Some use only their phones, while others haul around more than one camera and all different sizes of lenses, tripods, and drones.

Our goal in writing this book is to ensure that people who take photography seriously get the most out of their trip to Iceland, whether they are travelling alone or on an organised tour.

Photography methods in Iceland.

We address northern lights photography, glacier cave photography, aerial photography from a plane or helicopter, drone photography, whale photography and bird and animal photography.

This is by far the best map for interesting photo-locations. It took a lot of work, but you are welcome to use it with our book. The location numbers in the book refer to the numbers on the map. The book offers very useful information about these locations and it is very practical to drive there using the Google Maps app.

Einar and Gyda

Practical online Google maps and time-saving info

One of the books main features is the practical use of QR codes and a list of nearby locations. By scanning a QR code for each location with the phone’s camera, the reader can access an online Google map to the location. A list of nearby locations can also be useful when deciding where to go next and know if you have time to photograph one more location.

Genuine advice based on our own experiences

We have compiled information and advice for people who take photography seriously, whether they use a large camera or a phone and our resulting book might be described as a mix between a travel guide and a photography guide.

Photographing Iceland is full of genuine advice based on our own experiences. Hopefully, we have succeeded in creating a guide to Iceland that allows travellers to experience and enjoy the country on their own terms.

Photographing Iceland: A guide to 100 locations will be available in bookstores in Iceland after October 11th. 

Einar Guðmann and Gyða Henningsdóttir