Here you’ll find verdant green mountains rising to meet the sea, thousands of elegant waterfalls, exotic wildlife, geysers, and miles of unspoiled beaches—all photography-friendly year round
GETTING AROUND ICELAND
While 20-hour days, midnight sunsets, and extended hours of magical low-angled sun make summer the most popular season to visit, equinoxes in March and September are most active for the aurora. And don’t rule out the surprisingly mild winter.
After flying into Keflavik International Airport (KEF), unless you take a commercial tour or photography workshop, the only way to see the country is by renting a car and hitting the open road. The airport is about 30 miles from the capital city of Reykjavik, and the smaller domestic airport there can take you on a short flight to other Icelandic towns. Taxi service from the Keflavik to Reykjavik is readily available.
Iceland Route 1, also known as the Ring Road, meanders around the perimeter of the island and affords easy access to many of the country’s photographic hotspots. The 832-mile, two-lane loop road is well maintained and clearly marked with signs, so getting around by car is a breeze.
The official language is Icelandic, but English, being required in schools, is also spoken widely. Euros and U.S. dollars are accepted in most places, but it’s still a good idea to carry Icelandic krónur just to be safe. Major credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere.