You've probably seen each of these a thousand times if you are starting to think about your trip to Iceland but even for a long weekend away these are all must see places


Before planning my trip to Iceland and knowing that the most special parts of the country are outside of Reykjavík, this was the picture that I had wanted. It's probably the most popular photo you'll see of Iceland's capital and definitely worth it to take a trip up to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church to get it. It's relatively crowded but easy to wait a few minutes to walk up to the window facing in this direction of the city to get your picture.


Before going here, I almost couldn't imagine it even existed. A black beach full of icy chunks - impossible. But sure enough, it does exist, and lived up to it's expectations. Iceland's Diamond Beach is as cool as it sounds and worth a journey if not to see this then to see the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon just across the street. It was uncrowded and felt like a real natural gem plus, the pictures with chunks of ice and black rocks come out pretty cool too


After spending a bit of time planning our trip to Iceland and seeing different pictures of all of the most popular tourist destinations, I knew that Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon was an absolute must see. It's a long drive from Reykjavík (4-5 hours depending on weather conditions) but it is completely worth it even for a day trip. Across the street from the lagoon is the Diamond Beach and if you go on an organized tour, it will most likely include going in an ice cave - the Vatnajökull Glacier is very close to Jökulsárlón. So between all three sites, the day is worth it even if long


The Blue Lagoon is probably on everyone's list of things to do in Iceland. Since it's close to both Reykjavík and the airport, it makes it convenient to stop on the way to or from your flight but even if you don't go that route, it's easy to get to from the city and makes for a fun half day excursion. And everyone wants a picture from here right? Keep in mind that the water will definitely damage your phone or camera (as well as jewelry and hair if not washed after), so make sure to bring your go pro or keep your hands dry. You will regret not getting a few pictures here otherwise


Ahh, the elusive Icelandic horse. These guys have gone viral on Instagram and it's easy to see why. They aren't quite horses that we are used to and they roam freely across the country. They'll even let you pet them. If you are doing a day trip to the Golden Circle, you'll most like see a group of them grazing near the road and most people will just stop the car on the side and get your shot there!


This is another shot from Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and when you are there you'll see that there are so many ways to photograph this beautiful place. I loved walking right up to the edge of the rocks and getting a few up close shots of the glaciers. Keep in mind if you are here on a tour, you'll probably only get a little time to walk around so make sure you make it count!