Iceland is a land of brutally harsh winters. As harsh as it is, it is equally beautiful when presented in its winter white. It is a photographer’s dream. On this my second visit to Iceland in winter however, the weather was unseasonably mild, with many days of endless blue skies and sunshine. Whilst this made travelling easy, it did disappoint from a photographic perspective with mostly flat light and little colour or drama in the sky to work with.
The trip provided the rewards still for us, in the north near Akureyri, with the wonderful landscapes of Godafoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Myvatn. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula was beautiful, though Kirkjufell was disappointing given the flat light, and lack of snow, and Hofn and Vestrahorn was stunning.
The south however lacked snow, though not people, and most disappointingly, the Ice Beach at Jokulsarlon was clear of ice. Further the White Walker ice cave failed in comparison to a previous visit to the Crystal Cave, given its small size and little colour. And despite the clear nights, there was very little auroral activity, only getting a brief display at Skogafoss and at Nupar.
It was still a stunning trip, snowmobiling on Langajokull Glacier was awesome fun, and I think I still captured some lovely images.