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The Best Wedding Photoshoot Locations – South of Iceland

The most amazing locations recommended by local photographer

In my quest of sharing the best Icelandic photoshoot locations, I’ve already written about some amazing places for you to consider. You can check out previous articles of this series here:
part about Vik and part about Reykjavik.

I’ve also shared, not always comfortable truth, about common Pinterest or Instagram inspired Icelandic elopement photoshoot ideas. Here you can read about the Black Beach and Blue Lagoon. And this is the place to read more, if you’re into Icelandic glaciers, Northern Lights, waterfalls and ice caves.

As always, when you’re in doubt or want to share some of your perfect wedding picture ideas – just drop me a line and I’ll help you shape it.

South of Iceland

Now, let me take you on a ride around the South of Iceland. What can you expect? Some magical waterfalls, hidden gems like secluded swimming pools or lighthouses, with picturesque views. Since the South is so vast and full of photo opps, this will be a two-part article. Let’s start with….


Travel time from Reykjavik (one way): 2h

This location includes a stunning waterfall. On a sunny day, a beautiful rainbow is not an uncommon view here, giving us an opportunity to shoot some nice and colorful frames. On a more cloudy day, a more mysterious atmosphere is in the air – if you’re info more romantic, not-so-obvious shots. It is possible to hike up to the top of the waterfall and shoot from above.

Now, this location is popular. So popular, in fact, that if you decide to focus on this specific location, I highly recommend being there in the morning, when it’s not so crowded. It is of course possible to shoot there later, but we won’t have such freedom as we would have in the morning. But what do we have Photoshop for? 😉

Seljavallalaug – hidden swimming pool 

Travel time from Reykjavik (one way): 2h

Seljavallalaug is a truly hidden gem. It was built in the 1930s and since then it was available to the public. Unique, surrounded by beautiful mountains, wild swimming pool. Its waters come from natural hot springs located in the mountains, so it’s a really unique experience to swim in its waters. For any adventurous couple – it doesn’t  get better than this!

If you decide to take a shot and go with Seljavallalaug hidden swimming pool, there are some things you should know.

One: it is close to Skogafoss waterfall, so you can hit two birds with one stone.

Two: Seljavallalaug is really secluded, however with more and more word-of-mouth it is quickly becoming a must-see place in Iceland. Very up-and-coming location, visited by trendsetters from around the globe. Are you one of them? If yes, and if you want to have it all to yourself – we have to be there quite early.

Three: Coming there makes sense only if you want to get wet. Which I obviously recommend. 🙂

Photo below is the only photo in this post that was not taken by me. Please CLICK HERE to see the original source.

pooli in iceland



Travel time from Reykjavik (one way): 2,5h

Dyrholaey is most known for its characteristic arch above the waters. But, no matter where you look while standing at the edge of the island, you will see nothing less than stunning surroundings, each and every just perfect for an Icelandic elopement photoshoot location. For one, let me just mention a pretty, cosy lighthouse that can be a focal point of your photoshoot. Another option – how about the Ocean clashing with Black Beach in the background – like two worlds colliding into one… isn’t that the perfect metaphor for two people joining their lives in marriage?

Something that you need to know about Dyrholaey: some parts of the year this location can be off limits due to the nesting season of local birds.

black and white photo of bride and groom

Hot river – Hveragerði

Travel time from Reykjavik (one way): 40min

If I had to choose top 5 locations around Iceland, this one would definitely make to the top of the list. Beautiful place, located very close to Reykjavik, in the Reykjadalur valley, close to Mt. Hengill, a former volcano. Having this place’ past in mind, it’s not hard to imagine now why the picturesque steam is coming from below the ground… which makes this place even more special.

Taking a bath in this naturally hot river is like a warm hug, green hills around it make it peaceful and calm, despite the place being quite popular with locals and tourists. If you want to jump into the hot river – here’s your unique chance.

Before you decide to go there, here’s what you need to know: be prepared to hike. It’s around 3.5km and we will need to walk, so good shoes are a must. I obviously highly recommend taking a warm bath in Hveragerði waters. If you’re fascinated by the steam… join my club 🙂

bride and groom playing with hot steam in hot river area in iceland

No matter which breathtaking Icelandic location steals your heart – I am here to help you. Let’s talk about your vision for a perfect wedding in Iceland. I will do my best to give you a set of amazing pictures to remember one of the best days of your lives.

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