We're very proud to present you with a stunning photo essay (and mini travel guide) by the talented Thom Corbishley, which explores Iceland in the winter. Iceland is a pretty beautiful place regardless of the season, but with Iceland Airwaves (Nov 2-6) taking over Reykjavik in the latter part of the year, it's the perfect storm of cultural and natural beauty that you need to witness for yourself.

The Roads

Travelling in Iceland demands spending a lot of time on the road, however, for me that's its main attraction. Iceland's Route 1 is an 800-mile long ring road linking up all the major settlements on the island, and it's beautiful. As a result, a lot of my photos are taken from the roadside or the passenger seat, because that's how I've seen Iceland. The roads in winter can be very dangerous though; nerve-wracking doesn't even begin to describe it.

Iceland in Winter

The short days

Lying between 63 and 67 degrees North, an Icelandic winters day lasts only three to four hours. However, I don't think this should restrict travelling to and around Iceland in winter. With careful planning, I've found there's still lots of sightseeing to be done. Furthermore, the low angle of the sun at this time of the year makes it difficult to distinguish when the sun rises and sets. Long dawns and dusks blend into one another, leaving the sky beautiful shades of pink and yellow for large parts of the day. From a photographic perspective, it highlights further how beautiful Iceland is.

Iceland in Winter

Hamborgarabúllan, Reykjavik

Hamborgarabúllan, or 'Tommi's Burger Joint', are located all across Iceland (also in Copenhagen, Berlin and London). However, in Reykjavik's harbour district there is a Hamborgarabúllan bizarrely located in the middle of an intersection. It's small and potentially hard to find, but it's the perfect place to hide from the snow and ice in winter. I don't think a visit to Reykjavik is complete without a burger and fries at Tommi's.

Iceland in Winter

Favourite Moment

On the first day of being in Iceland in December, we tried to drive into Reykjavik, which unbeknownst to us was caught in a blistering snowstorm and on lockdown from every road and route. A mountain rescue car turned us away at Hveragerði and we drove back to our (summer) house in Flúðir. Determined to not to let the day slip away from us, we hiked out to a crag and watched the sunset across the glacial valley... at Three o'clock in the afternoon.

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