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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road in Winter

When we made the decision to visit Iceland in February, we knew the trip would be challenging. The green countryside was a barren wasteland, and the Ring Road was covered in snow and ice. The weather changed in the blink of an eye and a sunny day became a white out. We had 6 days on the ground and made the best of each and every opportunity we had.

This time, we included our exact photoshoot time so you get a peek into how long we stay out in the elements! Follow us as we explore stops along Iceland’s south-eastern portion of the famous Ring Road:

Iceland’s Hidden Gljufrabui Waterfall

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The first stop of four shoots in a day, Iceland’s hidden waterfall was mysterious but freezing. Because of the cave-like location, we both got soaked. Not a good way to start the day, especially when it was in the 20’s outside! But how could we pass up this stop along the Ring Road?

Shoot time: 7 minutes 

Skogafoss Waterfall

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We stopped at Skogafoss Waterfall twice in order to get the shots we really wanted. As you can imagine, winter in the arctic is freezing and the waterfall generates wind so that didn’t help. We had the ability to get up close and personal with Skogafoss and also to shoot the waterfall with snow and brown soil.

Shoot time: 20 minutes 

Sólheimasandur Airplane Wreck

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We were lucky to make it to this epic location just before the sun set! The drive along the beach in our rental car was scary because we didn’t have a 4×4, so we stopped about a mile away from the wreck. The sun was quickly setting as we took the long walk, but we arrived just in time. As usual, it was very cold, and the shoot had to be quick and to the point. We wish we had more time at the wreck so we could have shot in and around the plane, but we didn’t want to get left out in the dark and cold of Iceland a mile away from our rental.

Shoot time: 3 minutes

Black Basalt Columns, Vik Beach

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We couldn’t get on the basalt rocks because the waves were at least 8 feet in height, so we had to stay a safe distance away. We had to pay attention so that our gear didn’t get wet from the waves. The wind was fierce that day!

Shoot time: 7 minutes

Skaftafell National Park

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Instead of heading to the Skaftafell National Park waterfall like many of our peers, we decided to do something a little different and take the glacial walk from the visitor center. We didn’t intend to shoot, so we didn’t bring any gear. We had to turn around and hike 2 miles back to the car and then back to the location. Like the airplane wreck, we ended up starting right as the sun was setting.

Shoot time: 11 minutes

Stokksness

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We waited for months to shoot at Stokksness!  We drove the famous Ring Road just 30 minutes outside the town of Hofn and were met with this crazy sight! The contrast between the snow-capped mountain and the beach was stunning. You never get to see tall mountains this close to the sea! We were fortunate to have a sunny day because the next day was a blizzard!

Shoot time: 7 minutes

Falljökull Glacier

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We were thrilled we got to get up close and personal with a glacier while in Iceland! This one was off the beaten path and we loved the deep blue of the clear ice. Instead of adding contrast, we decided to use a light blue dress to match our surroundings.

Shoot time: 11 minutes

Takeaway:

Shooting Iceland in winter was a magical and freezing experience. Looking back, all of our shoots were so short, yet they seemed to take hours when we were freezing in 20* weather with a 15mph wind chill or getting wet under a giant waterfall. We loved shooting the arctic in its winter state, and can’t wait to go back to capture the greenery of the warmer months!

READ NEXT: The Ultimate 5 Day Iceland Road Trip Itinerary 

Have you gone to Iceland? Drop your link in the comments, we would love to see your photos! 

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12 thoughts on “Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road in Winter

  1. Roxana

    so beautiful. It totally worth it enduring the cold. 😀 I was there in December and I’ll go again in May. Iceland has so many amazing landscapes.

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    1. Follow Me Away Post author

      Thank you so much Sandra!!! You should certainly visit one day! It is a relatively inexpensive flight as well. We love your blog too 🙂

  3. Prerna Sinha

    I just visited Iceland and these pictures are just stunning. Wow ..I can’t imagine how freaking cold this would have been. Wish I had even thought about pics like these…outstanding.

    1. Follow Me Away Post author

      It was so cold!!! And hey that is another reason to go back! We personally want to head back when it is green 😉

  4. Kallsy Page

    So stunning! I am very impressed by the time you spent on the shoots. It would take me hours to photograph something not even close to this beautiful! I hope you two are able to take us on a trip there when it’s warmer sometime. Those would make for some epic comparisons!

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  6. Ruthanne A.

    Your photos are so lovely! I just spotted them as I am researching a sort of last minute plan to travel to Iceland. Can I ask what month where you in Iceland for these winter wonderland shoots? We are thinking of heading to Iceland from Nov.25 – Dec. 6th. Any tips on weather conditions during this time? Any tips would be so wonderful!! Thanks!

    1. Follow Me Away Post author

      Hello! Have so mcuh fun in Iceland! These photos were taken in Feb/March. We have also been in November. It is still a winter wonderland and the weather changes quite fast but that is for all of Iceland! It can be quite windy in Iceland so we always suggest to bring a windproof jacket and pants and then you will be just fine! If the weather is bad in one area of Iceland, you can typically drive no more than an hour away for different weather! It is pretty neat!

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