A good friend of mine told me that pro-photographers only travel to Iceland during the winter. According to the number of photographers we met for the past few days in the Snæfellsnes peninsula there may be some truth in this statement. Many photographers are traveling all around Iceland more or less all year, but when I count 27 tripods at the Kirkjufell mountain at noon enough is enough. I don´t know if all of them were pro´s but they seemed no less happy than the one´s we meet in the summer months. They are here to find snow as a subject. As a local I am very happy to have almost no snow for one winter, but I am not sure other photographer agree with me.
The black and white tones rule. This is not a B&W photo.
It´s amazing to see the constantly changing light during the late-winter months. The light is also constantly changing during the summer, but the blending of conditions in march are very obvious.
Near the water below Kirkjufell me and Gyda met two young photographers from Thailand who just graduated from high-school. Nevertheless this was their third time in Iceland. When we told them we were local-Icelanders they looked into our eyes like they were seeing aliens for the first time. They don´t see many Icelanders when traveling in Iceland. It gives me a warm feeling to see so many photographers enjoy and appreciate our nature.
We used our mobile Ford Transit this time since the wind-forecast was promising and it´s cheaper when staying for days. In most cases it is not recommended to travel by a mobile car during the winter months. Wind is most dangerous and if the conditions change we are prepared to wait for the weather to get better. The safety factor no 1 is to constantly check the vedur.is and road.is websites every hour.
We met many photographers in our travel to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. If you are contemplating to travel in Iceland by car during the winter months I can´t emphasize enough the importance of checking vedur.is and road.is constantly.