Traveling to Iceland in winter: how to fall in love at first sight

March 27, 2017by Diego Giusti

I heard about Iceland for a long time before visiting it last March during a 4×4 tour of the south. Everyone who told me about this place had their eyes shining but I, perhaps too much in love with African landscapes, could not grasp the wonder inherent in this island.

So I decided to take a trip to Iceland in winter, to be able to enjoy those breathtaking landscapes without the horde of tourists that characterizes the summer season. You may be wondering if I liked it, and if even in my eyes there was that amazement typical of those visiting Iceland for the first time. Well yes, Iceland has bewitched me too.

Telling about a trip to Iceland is not easy. Emotions, like words, run away fast.
There wasn't a second of those 8 days in Iceland where I wasn't amazed by the force of nature, feeling tiny and helpless.

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Because in winter

I chose the winter season because the influx of tourists is less than in the summer and the atmosphere is more relaxed. In the more touristy places we visited, such as Geysir and Thingvellir, there were still a lot of people. Iceland is in fact facing a real tourist boom, welcoming more and more people at any time of the year.

Winter then, with its colors and nuances from white to light blue, amplified the magic of these places that seem designed by the refined hand of a divine creature. The snow covering the ground and the roads, the frozen waterfalls, that particular bluish light and the northern lights dancing in the sky. I think there are enough good reasons to take a trip to Iceland in winter.

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To Iceland by car

Of on the road I have done many and I think Iceland is the perfect place for trips of this kind. The journeys are as magnificent as the destinations on the itinerary. Every kilometer covered makes sense, offering incredible sceneries that deserve a quick stop to take some pictures. And even when the distances to travel are long, getting bored is practically impossible. The face is glued to the window while the landscapes pass by before the rapid eyes, as if to make you think that it would be nice to slow down a little longer so as not to miss a single detail of this marvel called Iceland.

South Iceland, a succession of wonders

My trip to Iceland in Winter was mainly concentrated in the South area of the Island which collects many of the best known tourist attractions such as the Golden Circle, Dyrholaey, the black beach of Reynisdragar, the beach of Stokksnes and the glacial lagoons of Jokulsarlon and Fjallsarlon. Choosing the itinerary is a crucial point in order to better organize a trip to an island that has so much to offer tourists. I preferred to choose a travel program that focused on a more specific area, rather than deciding to go all the way around the island in a hurry. For a photographer I think it's an almost obligatory choice. A slower pace allows you to have time to take pictures, while still enjoying the journey and the views. And then in this area you can experience almost all the variety of the Icelandic landscape: lava fields, black beaches, waterfalls, sheer cliffs, ice lagoons and much more.

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