Reynisdrangar sea stacks near Vik, Iceland

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Together with the Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón and the DC3 crash site at Sólheimasandur, the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar make up three of the most popular landscape photography hot spots of Iceland’s south coast.

Surrounded by two black sand beaches the iconic formations are perfect for sunrise and sunset photographs from September through to April but are highly photogenic at any time of the year. Iconic locations means you’ll be sharing the beach with many photographers but most stick to the typical composition and tend to congregate around the cave area on Reynisfjara Beach.

If you’re looking for a different composition which includes some foreground water you can edge closer to the waves. You’ll definitely need high wellington boots or in my case a good pair of chest high fishing waders but be warned - the crashing waves are infamously lethal and unpredictable. If you feel brave enough to even get reasonably close you must keep one eye on them and expect the one rogue wave thats crashes much closer.

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