Shooting Iceland, A Photographer’s Paradise

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


Richard Bernabe zoomed his 16–35mm f/2.8L Canon EF lens out to its widest to capture these unique falls that can be viewed from behind. Exposure in a Canon EOS 5D Mark II was 1/250 sec at f/14, ISO 100.

Iceberg, Jökulsárlón

An iceberg calving off the glacier. Bernabe used a 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L Canon EF IS lens on an EOS 5D Mark II; 1/160 sec at f/11, ISO 160.


A 30-second exposure smoothed out the water of the falls. EOS 5D Mark II and 24–105mm f/4L Canon EF IS lens set to f/9, ISO 250.

Puffins, Dyrhólaey

Bernabe used the same gear as for the falls, above, to capture this trio. Exposure: 1/800 sec at f/8, ISO 640.

Aurora Borealis, Tröllaskagi Peninsula

A 30-second exposure was sufficient to record the aurora without making star trails. EOS 5D Mark II and 24–105mm f/4L Canon EF IS lens wide open, ISO 1600.

Icelandic Horses, Hveragerdi

Not quite wild, they are friendly and photogenic. EOS 5D Mark II, 16–35mm EF lens, 1/80 sec at f/18, ISO 100.