2020 – Iceland

In late February 2020 we visited Iceland for a 2 week winter tour of the island.  We had visited Iceland in the summer of 2006 and traveled all around the island, so already knew most of the scenic locations.  On this trip in the winter, we decided to concentrate on the Snaefelsnes peninsula and the South Coast route up to Hofn.  This would keep us on major roads most of the time, and by staying 2 nights at each location we hoped to improve our chances of some good weather at each stop.

When travelling in Iceland in winter, the weather can vary between crisp clear days and white-out blizzard conditions with gale force winds, so any itinerary is at the mercy of the elements.  So it would prove with our plans, and some of the locations that we wished to photograph were either out of bounds, or simply not worth visiting due to the weather.  That just leaves a few reasons to re-visit in the future.

Our Itinerary

We flew from Manchester to Keflavik Airport on Friday 21st February, where we picked up a hire car.  A 4×4 is almost mandatory for a winter tour in Iceland, and by law it has to be fitted with winter tyres.  Despite some adverse weather, driving in Iceland in winter proved to be fairly easy with a properly equipped car, and there are very good websites providing weather and road condition reports.

Our itinerary took us from Keflavik Airport to Hraunfossar Waterfall where we spent the first night, then onto the Snaefellsnes peninsula staying at Grundarfjordur.  After two nights there, we returned east, stopping at Gullfoss for two nights before heading to the south coast.  On the south coast we stopped at Skoggar for three nights where we were held up for a day due to weather, then two nights at Jokulsarlon and just one night at Hofn.  On the return leg we stopped for two nights at Vik and two nights in Reykjavik before returning to Keflavik Airport for the flight home.

Iceland Day 1 – Keflavik To Hraunfossar

We arrived at Keflavik Airport just before lunch-time and picked up our hire car.  On flying into Keflavik, it was ...
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Iceland Day 2 – Hraunfossar to Grundarfjordur

In the morning we re-visited Hraunfossar Waterfalls for an extended photography stop, then set off for the Snaefelsnes Peninsula.  The ...
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Iceland Day 3 – Kirkjufell

Our intention today was to make a tour of the Snaefelsnes Peninsula, however there was high wind and heavy snow ...
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Crowds at Thingvellir

Iceland Day 4- Grundarfjordur to Gullfoss

This morning there were snow showers and low cloud, so no opportunities for photography.  The drive from Grundarfjorder to Gullfoss ...
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Iceland Day 5- Gullfoss

5We made an early start this morning to visit Gullfoss at sunrise, but were slightly delayed as the temperature was ...
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Iceland Day 6- Gullfoss to Skogafoss

Today we made our way from Gullfoss to the south coast and our next stop close to Skogafoss.  First though, ...
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Iceland Day 7&8 – Skogafoss

Today we planned to visit the waterfall at Skogafoss as well as some of the area around Vik, however the ...
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Iceland Day 9&10 – Skogafoss to The Glacier Lagoon

After the snow storm that had closed the road the previous day, today we were able to drive on to ...
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Iceland Day 11 – Glacier Lagoon to Hofn

After a day of inactivity due to strong winds, we were able to resume our tour, travelling west to Hofn, ...
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Iceland Day 12 – Hofn to Vik

The day started with more snow and poor visibility, so there was no reason to return to the Stokksnes area ...
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Iceland Day 13 – Around Vik

We spent today visiting a couple of the coastal locations around Vik.  First we went to Reynisfjara beach, which is ...
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Iceland Day 14 – Vik to Reykjavik

On the last leg of our journey, we drove from Vik to Reykjavik. Rather than taking the most direct route, ...
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Iceland Day 15 & 16 Reykjavik

On arrival in Reykjavik, we went out for some evening photography.  First we visited the Sun Voyager sculpture which is ...
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