The days are shorter now in Iceland. The sun rises around eleven o’clock, so it’s important to make the most of the daylight by being in the right place. Icelandic Times/Land & Saga recently embarked on a long trip to experience Iceland in winter mode at the beginning of the year. Many people, primarily tourists, were travelling to breathe in the cold air and experience nature in the southernmost part of the country, specifically in Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla. Despite the icy and challenging driving conditions, the traffic flowed smoothly, and everyone made an effort to get home safely.

Vík in Mýrdal in the morning, at ten to ten. Vík, with over 250 inhabitants, is the largest town in Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla.

Mt. Hatta on Víkurheiði, a 500-meter-high mountain just north of Vík in Mýrdal.

Pétursey at sunrise.

The southern tip of Iceland, Dyrhólaey, at sunrise just a few minutes before eleven o’clock.

Ice floe on the lagoon, the source of the Jökulsá River in Sólheimasandur desert.

Hikers on Sólheimajökull Glacier.

The rock pillars Reynisdragnar, west of Vík, looking over Dyrhólaós estuary.

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson