Explore the filming locations of the famous music video “I’ll Show You” that was filmed entirely in Iceland during Bieber’s visit in late 2015. The places are in the same order as they appear in the music video.
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Photo: Travelade/Nína
Fjarðárgljúfur Canyon is in the southeast region of Iceland, close to the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Try saying the canyon’s name fast few times in a row, it can even be tricky for some of the locals! The first scene of the video is shot in Fjarðárgljúfur, where we see Bieber walking along a tiny ridge with a spectacular view of the canyon in front of him. To read more about this magical place, check out this article by Nína.
Bieber walking along a ridge of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Photo: Screenshot
Seljalandsfoss. Photo: Travelade/Snorri Þór
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the southern region of Iceland around 12 mi (20 km) away from a little town called Hvolsvöllur. It is not only beautiful to look at, but also special because you are able to walk behind it, like Justin Bieber does in his video.
It can be seen from a few angles in the second scene in the video.
Bieber walking in front of Seljalandsfoss. Photo: Screenshot
If you want to take a guided tour to visit Seljalandsfoss check out South Coast by GeoIceland tour.
Fjaðrá. Photo: Travelade/Snorri Þór
Fjaðrá is the river that flows through the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon mentioned above, it is a river that originates from a mountain close by called Geirlandshraun. Bieber floats down the river in one scene wearing nothing but his underwear, which must have been really cold. The rivers in Iceland are at least not known to be warm and nice.
Floating down ice cold Fjaðrá. Photo: Screenshot
Dyrhólaey. Photo: Travelade/Snorri Þór
Dyrhólaey is close to a little village called Vík, which is the southernmost village in Iceland. The name literally means “the hill-island with the door-hole” which seems to fit quite well. The view from Dyrhólaey is amazing, to the east you see the black lava columns of Reynisdrangar, to the north the big glacier, Mýrdalsjökull and to the west you see a whole coastline for as long as your eyes can reach. Bieber can be seen watching over the coastline and standing on the edge of Dyrhólaey around half-way through the video.
Watching over the coast line from Dyrhólaey. Photo: Screenshot
If you want to visit Dyrhólaey on a tour check out Beautiful South Coast Bus Tour.
Skógafoss. Photo: Unsplash/Rostyslav Savchyn
Skógafoss is another famous waterfall in Iceland located in the southern region. It is 50 ft (15 meters) wide and has a 200 ft (60 meter) drop which makes it quite impressive to look at. According to a legend, Þrasi Þórólfsson, the first Viking settler in the area, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall.
Bieber can both be seen sitting on top of the hill watching over the waterfall and also walking in the black gravel in front of the waterfall. Skógafoss was also featured in the movies Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Watching over Skógafoss. Photo: Screenshot
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck. Photo: Unsplash/Anders Jildén
In November 1973 a US Navy airplane crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur and by some miracle all the passengers survived. The plane wreck on Sólheimasandur Beach is one of the most famous sites to visit in Iceland. It is located between Skógafoss and Dyrhólaey, both mentioned above. There is a parking lot and from there to the wreck is about 4 km walk.
Bieber can be seen skateboarding on top of the plane wreck in the video.
Bieber skateboarding on top of the Sólheimasandur plane wreck. Photo: Screenshot
ATV at the black sand beach is a fun way to explore the area around the plane wreck.
The magnificent Jökulsárlón. Photo: Travelade/Hörður
Jökulsárlón is in the east region of Iceland, located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. The icebergs separate from Breiðamerkurjökull, which is an offshoot from Vatnajökull glacier. Breiðamerkurjökull is retreating fast every year and in return the lagoon is getting bigger. The Diamond beach is a black sand beach right next to Jökulsárlón where icebergs from the lagoon drift ashore and create the most magnificent sight one can imagine.
Bieber can be seen standing on the Diamond beach and then bathing in the freezing lagoon. Please note that bathing in the lagoon can be dangerous and is not advised. Jökulsárlón has been the setting for a few Hollywood movies like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, Die Another Day and more.
All of the places mentioned above are easily accessible by the Ring Road and are possible to visit almost all year around.
If you are considering visiting these places on your own here are some notes:
The best travel recommendations come from locals. Check out these Wanderguides from Iceland by locals sharing their travel tips and hidden gems.