Iceland’s stunning landscape tucked neatly below the Arctic Circle can only be described as otherworldly. While these photos do not even begin to portray the grandiose nature of Iceland’s countryside, I did my best to capture the land of fire and ice on my recent trip in March.
Iceland is quickly surging to the top of everyone’s bucket list. I hope these inspire you to not only visit Iceland, but to consider visiting in the winter months.
With cascading glaciers, epic coastlines, snow-covered hills (okay, now landslide by the Dixie Chicks is in my head..), it’s the perfect mix of adventure and meditative reprieve as you let nature take the wheel. When it comes to Iceland, you’re simply along for the ride. Enjoy! xx Kaylee
Svinafellsjokull Glacier where Game of Thrones filmed “Beyond the Wall” Scenes. This was one of our favorite stops on the ring road and a must-see. You will need 4 wheel drive, as the short 2km road in is full of potholes and unpaved. We were a little nervous driving to it, but it was 100% worth it.
Exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park in Western Iceland. This was one of the areas that I imagine really comes alive in the summertime. It was still breathtaking, but I’ve seen photos in July and August with bright green rolling hills and wildflowers all over the park. Layer up if you visit in the winter as the bite of the wind off the water is bone-chilling!
Seydisfjordur Fishing Village in East Iceland. This was such a quaint little fishing town. We stopped here on our way to Myvatn, and it was a nice way to break up the drive. It is a bit out of the way, and you will need to drive up and down a mountain that can be a little sketchy in the winter. It was a beautiful sunny day when we were there so we were able to drive in. Take a look at the forecast and then decide to make your way down or not. There isn’t a ton to see or do, but it’s a cute spot to stop for a coffee and to walk around.
Skogafoss Waterfall in Southern Iceland. One of my favorite waterfalls along the ring road. The spray of the water with the sunshine created stunning rainbows that took my breath away. Make sure you wear waterproof gear as you’ll get sprayed by the mist as the wind carries it toward you.
Soaking in the Blue Lagoon after a long flight. I highly recommend coming here before or after a flight, as it is in close proximity to the airport. This was our first stop before we drove into Reykjavik.
Black Sand Beach in Southeast Iceland. This was beautiful but freezing! Be careful as there are rogue waves that come up onto the beach. Don’t leave your belongings on the sand as they could be washed away, and don’t get too close to the water. I loved the medieval columns on the rocks and the volcanic texture of the sand. A very cool experience that I recommend stopping for!
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. One of my favorite stops along the ring road. Try to time it to go as the sun is low in the sky, so you get the beautiful reflection off the water. Head across the street to the diamond beach afterward.
Icelandic Horses along the Ring Road. How funny are the manes on these native Icelandic horses? You will spot these cuties on more than one occasion throughout your road trip. Do not feed the horses and respect their space.
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Black Sand Beach
Arnarstapi, Iceland at Sunset. Definitely stay here for a night or two, especially if you want to spend time in the national park exploring.
Reindeer roaming in Northern Iceland
Arnarstapi along the Western Peninsula of Iceland
Godafoss Waterfall in Northern Iceland. One of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland.
Driving the East Coast of Iceland, the most beautiful part of the Ring Road in my opinion! Make sure you take turns driving this coastline as it is truly stunning.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Prepare to get wet! As you can tell by my hair in this photo, it is a taddddd windy.
Sunset at the Myvatn Geothermal Baths in Northern Iceland. Such a nice place to soak after a long drive. I liked this better than the Blue Lagoon. Less touristy and beautiful scenery.
This guy was so cuddly and social
Underneath Seljalandsfoss, one of the only waterfalls in Iceland you can walk behind. Try to get there early in the morning as this is a popular tour bus spot.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of photos from our trip to Iceland. If you have questions about where to stay or what to do, or driving in the winter, shoot me a message on Instagram.