Iceland in Photos – 29 Images of My Adventures Around the Ring

If you travel to Iceland for the first time and you do some research beforehand, you expect to see greatness and amazing landscapes, but in all honesty, there are no words to describe its magic allure once you arrive.

As we left Keflavik, a small town about fifty kilometers from Reykjavik that hosts the international airport, I was immediately in awe. This is not an ordinary place, and it was palpable as soon as we started traversing our way to Route 1. Vastness and natural beauty surrounded us.

Route 1 is better known as the Ring, the 1332-kilometer-long thoroughfare that connects the most popular sights and inhabited parts of the island, and it was our intention to cover it all, making frequent stops to photograph the Icelandic landscape. Unfortunately, the climate didn’t cooperate with us for all the days.

At this time of the year, the ever-changing weather is hostile, its patterns difficult to follow. Gale winds, snow, rain, sunshine – everything can happen, quick. The Icelandic weather predictions center was our best friend, but despite checking it often, we got trapped in some difficult storms a couple of times. But we came here for photography, and on the other hand we also trusted our guts and went. Even if the sky didn’t look promising or the wind blew strong, we just went and found a totally different scenario on the shooting location. Like the changing climate, we went from scary drives on passages with zero visibility and the only thing we could see was white all around us, to being wretchedly apologetic under an stormy sky and finding a few minutes later clouds opening up in front of us for a quasi-surreal sunset.

Imagine a place with a rugged coastline, active volcanoes, geothermal areas, innumerable hot springs, epic waterfalls and charming towns that seems to be coming out of a storybook. This is truly a playground for the landscape photographer. In most cases we didn’t need to travel long; most of the places we found were close to the Ring. Oftentimes we just stopped and walked a couple of footsteps and took photos right from the side of the road.

MÝVATN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Gale winds over the Route 1 in winter tme, also called "The Ring" close to Mývatn in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Route 1 over the Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Winding Route 1 over the Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Winter landscape in West Iceland, view from Route 1 in the Snaefellsness Peninsula. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MÝVATN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Afternoon over the countryside in Mývatn during winter time. This is a popular tourist destination in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MÝVATN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Frozen Mývatn lake at night during winter time. This is a popular tourist destination in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MÝVATN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern Lights over Mývatn during winter time. This is a popular tourist destination in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

GRUNDARFJOROUR, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern Lights over the Kirkjufell mountain near Grundarfjordur, a landmark in the Snaefellsness Peninsula. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

GRUNDARFJOROUR, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Icelandic horse at night near Grundarfjordur in Iceland against Kirkjufell mountain, a landmark in the Snaefellsness Peninsula. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Church in West  Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VIK, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Reyniskirkja, a Lutheran church near Vik in Iceland. It's built against Mt. Reynisfjall on the road down to Reynisfjara. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VIK, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: View of the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse close to Vik during winter time in Iceland (Daniel Korzeniewski)

EYRABAKKI, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Colorful houses of Eyrarbakki, a fishing village on the south coast of Iceland with a population of about 570 people. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VIK, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: View of the town of Vik during winter time in Iceland (Daniel Korzeniewski)

STYKKISHOLMUR, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Port of Stykkisholmur in the Snaefellsness Peninsula, West Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

HOFN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Port of Hofn in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

HOFN, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Port of Hofn in Iceland at night. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Ice cave near the Glacial Lagoon in the  Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Ice cave near the Glacial Lagoon in the  Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Ice cave near the Glacial Lagoon in the  Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Rugged coastline close to Hofn in East Iceland during winter time. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VIK, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Black sand beach of Reynisfjara, near Vik, and basalt sea stacks in southern Iceland at sunrise. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Waves crashing into an iceberg on the beach near to the Jökulsárlón lagoon in Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Waves crashing into an iceberg on the beach near to the Jökulsárlón lagoon in Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Iceberg on the sand black beach near to the Jökulsárlón lagoon in Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Iceberg in the  Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

JOKULSARLON, ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Iceberg in the  Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Iced waters of the  the river Skjálfandafljót by the Godafoss waterfall in winter. Also known as waterfall of the gods, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

ICELAND - CIRCA MARCH 2015: Godafoss waterfall in winter. Also known as waterfall of the gods, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Iceland is full of places and secrets waiting to be discovered. No wonder this is one the most exciting photographic destinations in the world, and I am planning to come back soon. There are so many more places to see, and ohhh… those northern lights. They avoided us all the time, except in the first couple of nights. It was very faint but great to see, and I hope to experience them in full display next time.

That’s all for now – more coming soon. For prints and licensing information, just click on the photos.