Blue Lagoon

Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall



I have a full guide to the visiting the Blue Lagoon here. I highly suggest you give it a read. 

But, this is extra content because you are apart of my awesome Travel Tribe!! So here are some Instagram tips for the Blue Lagoon....

Get there early to get the best pictures. 

This is a great tip for taking any good photo but definitely applies for the Blue Lagoon. The pool is emptiest at opening (7 AM - but check the times depending what season you travel) till around 10 AM when the tour buses begin to arrive. 

This is your best chance to get the shots of the water and steam with absolutely no one in them. 


Head to the back of the pool to use the beautiful walkways and brides as leading lines. 

Not only will you get a clean shot with no people in sight but you also have some gorgeous rocks, walkways and bridges to add interest to your photos. 


Get your camera low to the water or have a wide angle lens.

The strange blue tint of the water and steam rising are some of the most interesting things about the Blue Lagoon. Without getting your camera wet get your lens as close to the water as possible.

This is more a posing technique but if you hover your arms on the water line it will give you a nice silhouette. Plus, this helps remedy the awkward disappearing act your body does into the blue water. Also try playing with your hair, putting it into a pony or wrapping it into a bun to add interest to the photo. 




Hanging your feet off the edge leads to a cool perspective.


With rocky edges weaving along the coastline, it's easy to get a surreal picture like this one. Look out for spots like this one that uses perspective to trick the audience into thinking it's a drone shot.


Don't forget to look inland as well. There are many streams that provide beautiful leading lines.



This waterfall is actually my biggest regret of the trip. Since it was just the beginning I wasn't sure about camping in a non-designated camping area. Like I talking about in this article, camping elsewhere is technically against the law. That being said, everyone does it. Old, young, rebel, rule follower. People camp everywhere. I wish I would have camped near here to get some epic shots of Kirkjufellsfoss. If you are here at sunset (which if you followed the guide and did the peninsula in one day like I did you will be) you get some harsh shadows on the waterfall (see above photo). Sunrise would be perfect timing to photograph it. A fail on my end - who wants to go back to Iceland with me???



This is what the lagoon looks like around 10 am. Although it is hard to take a bad picture of the lagoon it photographs better in the early morning or late evening. 


Over on Diamond beach you will need a tripod if you want to photograph the beached iceburgs. Also some waterproof boots. 


If you have a drone it is interesting getting the perspective of the glaciers littering the beach. I suggest putting yourself into the picture for scale since it is hard to tell how bug these are just by a photo. 


Meanwhile sunrise/sunset in the lagoon makes for magnificent photos. There are two sides to visit. The bridge connects the two sides. I prefered the further side away from camping. 


Don't forget about playing around and shooting the iceburgs on the pebble beach in the lagoon as well. I liked getting extremely close to pieces and using apeture mode to blur the background.


On the camping side of the lagoon is a hill that creates a nice perspective and shows the scale of the lagoon. You can also achieve this picture with a drone like I did.