Photographer's Note

Traveling in Iceland in winter may seem an extreme experience but in fact, there are many tourists enjoying the wintery landscape and the frozen waterfalls. Of course, going around is very different than in the summer months. First of all, the days are short in winter. We went before sunrise (at 10 a.m.) and returned in darkness (after 17 p.m.). Some roads were impassable because of snow of ice. Of course, it was windy and cold, especially near the huge masses of ice in frozen waterfall, the real feel was quite terrible. The result was the short life of batteries. I can't take photos in gloves so my fingers were very cold all the time. But I was rewarded with fantastic views.

I visited many places - some very popular among the tourists, other ones never shown on TE.

Here the view from Dyrholaey, near the famous black beach of Vik. In summer, you can go up by car. In winter, the road is closed and one must climb the high cliffs on foot.

You can compare the winter view with the view of Craig's picture here

For me, the contrast of the black sand with the white snow is in winter more impressive.

Wikipedia: Dyrhólaey is a small promontory located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. The peninsula has an elevation of 37 m, and the Dyrhólaey lighthouse sits at the top of the formation facing the sea.

The view from Dyrhólaey is broad: To the north is to be seen the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar come out of the sea, and to the west the whole coastline in the direction of Selfoss is visible - depending on weather conditions. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea.

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The view closer to that by Craig


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