Driving the Ring Road of Iceland is an adventure not to be missed. Many people take a tour bus to drive the road, but we recommend renting (in Reykjavik) because it gives you the freedom to explore the untamed landscape at your own pace. By doing a self-guided drive around the country, you can avoid the crowds and pull off any time you wish. More important, you can stay at any one stop as long as you like. When we visited, we found ourselves stopping to go for hikes and taking the time to really soak up the scenery. Those on tour buses only had the chance to snap quick photographs before they had to move on.
Iceland is a small country, but it’s packed with diverse beauty. Against that backdrop, Iceland is a land of ever-changing weather, dramatic stormy skies, massive lava fields, and striking mountains and glaciers. The water of Iceland is perhaps the nation’s most memorable feature. Water comes in all shapes and sizes here. Raging seas crash against the coast, waterfalls cascade over high cliffs, and massive chunks of glaciers break off to create picturesque lagoons filled with floating icebergs.
We visited Iceland recently and had the opportunity to drive around and shoot photos at our leisure. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite shots, an album that takes you on a photographic journey through Iceland’s water and ice.
Unnamed waterfall on the Ring Road
Water and ice collide on the southeast coast of Iceland
The harbor in Reykjavík
The Hraunfossar stepped waterfalls
A rainbow at Skógafoss
The fury of the Vik coast
Ice on the black-sand beaches of Iceland
Ancient volcanoes dot the landscape
Dirty ice at Skaftafell
The mighty Godafoss