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Going Behind the Water at Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss

For more photos and videos from the falls, explore the Seljalandsfoss location page.

In the south of Iceland near the western base of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull, the Seljalandsá river spills over a 60-meter (197-foot) cliffside to a placid pool below.

The waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, stands as one of Iceland’s most photogenic natural attractions. The jutting angle of the cliff allows visitors to explore behind the veil of water, revealing a waterfall that can be captured from nearly every angle. Whether camping at the falls’ base in summer or braving thick ice and snow during the winter, the sight of the falls throughout Iceland’s dramatic seasons has proven a longtime attraction for local and visiting Instagrammers alike.


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Erupting Hot Springs at Iceland’s Geysir

To view more photos and videos from Iceland’s Geysir, explore the Geysir and Strokkur location pages or browse the #geysir hashtag.

One hour’s drive east of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, deep into the dark lava fields of the Haukadalur valley, a surprising geothermal phenomenon draws visitors from across the world.

A grouping of geysers, erupting explosions of boiling water followed by plumes of white steam, make up the destination known as Geysir. The largest of the group, Iceland’s Great Geysir, was first documented in the 13th century but is currently inactive. Its neighboring geyser, Strokkur, still erupts every few minutes shooting jets of water up to 50 meters (164 feet) into the sky.

While there are a number of erupting geysers across the world, it’s Iceland’s Geysir, derived from the Icelandic “geysa" meaning "to gush," after which all others are named.

The sight of the geysers—along with the nearby mountains and hot springs—have proven especially attractive to local and traveling Instagrammers alike.


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The Sights and Sounds of Iceland’s Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss Falls is one of Iceland’s most stunning sights and most popular tourist attractions. Instagrammers trek to the site to photograph its rushing waters, frequent rainbows and 32-meter (105-foot) drop. Now with video, the sound and movement of the falls comes to life.

To view more photos and videos of the natural wonder, visit the Gullfoss Waterfall location page.


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Spotlight: Iceland

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series, Spotlight, we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

The island country of Iceland is best known for its volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls, northern lights and hard to pronounce, well, everything! It’s situated between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge slices right through the center of the small island nation. Though it is only 103,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles), there’s no shortage of photographic terrain.

Want a first-person tour of Iceland? We put together a list of some amazing Instagrammers from in and around the country.

  • Hans-Olav, snowy scenery and daily life around Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík — @solavander
  • Sig Vicious, graphic designer with an affinity for architecture — @sigvicious
  • Vala Halldorsdottir, biking and camping adventures around the island — @valahalldorsdottir
  • Anna Sig, stunning nature photography — @annasig

To explore the country in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of Iceland’s most popular landmarks: