JVN Photography
Belgian landscape photographer,
based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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Icelandic Winter

Animals, Aurora Borealis, Glaciers, Highlands, Ice Cave, Landscape, Waterfall

Winter is by far my favourite season in Iceland. The whole country changes dramatically and turns into a sort of fairytale wonderland that's covered in snow and ice. The days are a lot shorter but the prolonged twilight creates a lot of amazing and long lasting colours in the sky. And during the night, the aurora borealis might show up to add some more flair to the darkness.

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

A beautiful blue ice cave underneath Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull.

Aurora Above Volcano Huts

Aurora Above Volcano Huts

This was probably one the craziest Northern Lights displays I have ever witnessed. The show lasted for hours without losing strength.

Frozen Waste

Frozen Waste

Driving a 4x4 into the highlands is such a great experience. This one was shot on the way to the Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk. The mountain in the back is Eyjafjallajökull.

Sunrise at Ice Lagoon

Sunrise at Ice Lagoon

The local birdlife flying over the ice during sunrise at the lagoon. I wonder if anyone could ever get bored of colours like these?⠀

Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey

The beautiful Dyrhólaey peninsula during winter time - shot from a slightly different angle.

Brúarfoss

Brúarfoss

Brúarfoss is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland - mainly because of the insanely vivid blue color of the water.

Long Exposure Arnarstapi

Long Exposure Arnarstapi

A beautiful day at Arnarstapi! I made this long exposure shot at the harbor. In the back you can see the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

Frozen Dettifoss

Frozen Dettifoss

Dettifoss looks, like many places in Iceland, very different in Winter. The water turns from brown-colored to glacial blue. Put that next to the huge ice sheet that forms because of the spray and you get place that could be placed into some fantasy winter wonderland movie scene.

Ice Block

Ice Block

Another shot of a crystal clear ice block on the black beach by Jökulsárlón. The whole scene is blue because it was before sunrise and it was only lit by a small amount of moonlight.

Reykjanes Sunset

Reykjanes Sunset

This was shot during a late December sunset along the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The colors during an Icelandic sunset in winter are just beyond amazing.

Fjaðrárglúfur Sunrise

Fjaðrárglúfur Sunrise

This tongue-twister of a canyon is incredibly beautiful in its winter jacket. It's featured in one of Justin Bieber's clips.⠀

Einhyrningur

Einhyrningur

This beautiful mountain, next to the Markarfljót river in Þórsmörk, is called Einhyrningur or unicorn. Can you see its horn?

Blue Brúarfoss

Blue Brúarfoss

In this photograph you can clearly see the glacial blue color of the river on which Brúarfoss is located. It's a bit of a hidden waterfall as it is not marked by any signs but when you find it, it's all the more rewarding.

Eyjafjallajökull Farm

Eyjafjallajökull Farm

Eyjafjallajökull is not only a ridiculous tongue twister for the foreign visitor of Iceland. It's also a beautiful glacier. This farm is located right at the base of the volcano and was one of the places that got covered in ash after the 2010 eruption.

Frozen Góðafoss

Frozen Góðafoss

Goðafoss is considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. When it's partially frozen over in winter it just looks stunning beyond comparison.

Ice Cave Sunrise

Ice Cave Sunrise

My first time experiencing a sunrise inside a glacier. The yellow glow is coming from the low winter sun that is slowly creeping inside the cave.

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Taken during one of the most amazing Aurora Borealis displays I've witnessed so far. The Northern Lights lasted from around 10.30pm until 4 in the morning without losing strength during that time.

Gloomy Svínafellsjökull

Gloomy Svínafellsjökull

A zoomed-in shot when looking further up the glacier at Svínafellsjökull, South Iceland. The small cloud veiling part of the glacier really did the trick for me here.

Frozen Foss Á Síðu

Frozen Foss Á Síðu

Foss á Síðu is a tiny waterfall located along the Ring Road in the South. The beauty of it is that when you take a long exposure of it, it's incredibly detailed.

Fox Brothers

Fox Brothers

Never alone, always together. Two arctic foxes exploring Þórsmörk in their winter coats.

Gígjökull Winter

Gígjökull Winter

Gígjökull is located on the way to Þórsmörk and is part of Eyjafjallajökull. This part of the glacier disappeared almost entirely after the 2010 eruption.

Wall of Ice

Wall of Ice

This glacier, called Breiðamerkurjökull, is the origin of the icebergs in the ice lagoon. The ice breaks away from the glacier and then floats towards the Ring road and the ocean - creating what most people know as the Ice Lagoon.

Golden Gullfoss

Golden Gullfoss

Gullfoss is one of the biggest highlights along the Golden Circle. Its name literally means "golden waterfall". I finally managed to get a shot of it showcasing that it can live up to its name.

Kirkjufell Aurora

Kirkjufell Aurora

The Aurora Borealis above the most-photographed mountain in the world, Kirkjufell. This cone-shaped mountain is located in West Iceland and is on many photographer's bucket list of photography.

Winter at Góðafoss

Winter at Góðafoss

A long exposure capture of Góðafoss. Yes, the water is that blue in winter.

Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach

An ice block on the Jökulsárlón diamong beach during a winter sunset. This place is just beyond comparison.

Frozen Lake

Frozen Lake

Located along the road between Laugarvatn and Þingvellir, this small lake makes for an impressive sight during Winter.

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

A beautiful arctic fox with a bright white fur to camouflage itself during the winter season.

Laugarvatn Veiled in Fog

Laugarvatn Veiled in Fog

On very cold days, like on the one I took this shot, the lake of Laugarvatn can be veiled in a low hanging fog. This was taken at -17 degrees.⠀

Aurora Above Húsadalur

Aurora Above Húsadalur

Just me enjoying the Northern Lights show above the Húsadalur huts in Þórsmörk.

Svínafellsjökull Shapes

Svínafellsjökull Shapes

I can sometimes spend hours at a time looking at glacier ice. I always try to find shapes and figures that I like. This one kind of looks like a figure guarding the ice.

Sunrise Hraundalur

Sunrise Hraundalur

A winter sunrise over the mountains near Borgarnes, shot from Hraundalur. Nothing beats the soft winter colors.

Tungnaá Highland Green

Tungnaá Highland Green

A little bit of highland green hiding under a fresh layer of snow.

Lightroom Ice Cave

Lightroom Ice Cave

In December 2017 I was exploring an ice cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, part of the biggest European glacier. This massive hole in the crystal blue ceiling shows off how thick the glacier is above the cave. Impressive, isn't it?⠀

Icelandic Horses in the Storm

Icelandic Horses in the Storm

It can be ridiculously windy here in Iceland. Fortunately these tough horses are built for it!⠀

Aurora in West Iceland

Aurora in West Iceland

Who wouldn't want to live here, right? The forecast was very low but still the lights showed up and gave an incredible show!

Frozen Gullfoss

Frozen Gullfoss

The top part of Gullfoss, one of the highlights along the Golden Circle in Iceland, is just amazing. A combination of rapid flowing water together with walls of ice around it. It's most of the time closed off to the public but when it's not, this is what you can see.

Lómagnúpur Wide-Angle

Lómagnúpur Wide-Angle

Lómagnúpur is one of my favourite mountains in the south. It's located right next to the Ring Road.

Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar is one of those waterfalls that is beautiful in every season.

Hvítserkur Waterfall

Hvítserkur Waterfall

A tiny waterfall near Hvítserkur, North Iceland. I really like the combination of the red rocks and the dripping icicles at this place.

Stakkholtsgjá Icicles

Stakkholtsgjá Icicles

The Stakkholtsgjá canyon is especially beautiful in winter. When the snow melts in the sunlight, when it's still freezing, you can see these massive and omnipresent icicles around you.

Winter Kvernufoss

Winter Kvernufoss

Hidden away next to one of the biggest highlights of the Icelandic south coast you can find Kvernufoss. It's barely visible from the road.⠀

Jökulsárlón Aurora

Jökulsárlón Aurora

The Northern Lights above a semi-frozen lagoon. There were no icebergs close to the shore but this allowed for some beautiful reflections of the Northern Lights.

Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur is the last mountain you drive by before entering a barren wasteland until you reach Skaftafell. This iconic mountain sometimes reminds me of the Grand Canyon in the US.

Þingvallavatn

Þingvallavatn

Þingvallavatn lake, next to Þingvellir, has some quieter spots where the wind usually doesn't affect the lake. The weather was so still this time that it served as a beautiful mirror for the first light of the day.

Fjallsárlón Sunrise

Fjallsárlón Sunrise

This beautiful combination of colours is created by the winter sun rising over Vatnajökull glacier. It's quite amazing to see the blue ice colour pink before your eyes.⠀

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Another shot during an incredible show near Reykjanesviti. If you're on Reykjanes Peninsula, this is probably one of the best places to go.

Frozen Riverbed

Frozen Riverbed

This tiny stream near Hvítserkur, North Iceland, was so beautifully frozen that I couldn't not photograph it. I love how the ice is seemingly trying to take the grass into its grasp.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

A not-so-usual perspective of Seljalandsfoss. I really love photographing reflections. It gives photographs that little bit extra.

Stormy Sunrise

Stormy Sunrise

Just a stormy morning in Iceland. The landscape looks soft because of the strong gusts that were blowing over the area at the time. Combined with the sun, it gives this image such a warm and fuzzy vibe.⠀

Winter Rainbow Skógafoss

Winter Rainbow Skógafoss

When there's an absolutely great day forecasted during winter, it's hard to not go out and enjoy it to the fullest. This beauty is Skógafoss in its proper winter attire.

Frozen Stairs

Frozen Stairs

The path loading to the back of Seljalandsfoss turns into a dangerous iced over staircase during winter.

Waterfall Ice Cave

Waterfall Ice Cave

A hidden ice cave beneath Breiðamerkurjökull, close to Jökulsárlón. This place was just stunning. The combination of the glacial river flowing through this blue-capped cave made a surreal surrounding.

Frozen Stjórnafoss

Frozen Stjórnafoss

One of the most amazing things about a really cold winter in Iceland is that some waterfalls completely freeze over. This close-up is a part of Stjórnarfoss near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.⠀

Lonely House

Lonely House

A lonely house during sunrise completely snowed in along the road to Þórufoss.

Sunrise Pink

Sunrise Pink

The Vatnajökull glacier towering above the Fjallsárlón lagoon during sunrise. The top of the glacier is being hit by the rising sun.

Winter at Tungnaá

Winter at Tungnaá

This country never ceases to amaze me. In 2017 I had the opportunity to make some brand-new aerial photographs. About half way through the flight we flew over this area - deep in the Icelandic highlands. My jaw dropped when the endless braided rivers appeared below us.

Sunrise over Húsadalur

Sunrise over Húsadalur

During the period of November until March there is no direct sunlight in the Húsadalur valley of Þórsmörk. This creates some really amazing and long-lasting sunrises and sunsets like this one.

Snowy Tungnaá

Snowy Tungnaá

Tungnaá near Vatnajökull glacier showing off its crazy patterns with a pinch of snow.⠀

Urriðafoss Sunrise

Urriðafoss Sunrise

This was taken at Urriðafoss - a waterfall most people skip when driving along the Ring Road. I love the layers and the shapes of the ice in the river and on the waterfall. The yellow glow is coming from the first sun rays of the day hitting the ice.

Winter Skógafoss

Winter Skógafoss

One of the highlights along the south coast of Iceland has to be Skógafoss. This huge waterfall is hard to visit without people in the shot but when you go early enough, it's doable!

Borgarfjörður Sunset

Borgarfjörður Sunset

A soft coloured winter sunset in West Iceland in combination with a fair bit of wind. It never disappoints in delivering beautiful imagery.⠀

Reflection

Reflection

A reflection inside a small pool of water near the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. It's amazing how everything transforms when the hostile Icelandic wind dies down.

Windy Winter Days

Windy Winter Days

Hafnarfjall mountain is possibly one of the most windy places in Iceland. It's located next to Borgarnes, along the Ring Road.