This January, I made the “mandatory” pilgrimage to the photographer’s mecca that is Iceland. Scrolling through my Instagram feed or the glossy pages of travel magazines, I couldn’t help but feel that I was the only travel photographer who hadn’t yet been. My travel adventures normally take me to warmer places like South Asia or Africa, but I had to see what the fuss was about. So, my wife and I bought a last minute ticket from LAX to Reykjavik, and a week later we were in an winterized SUV ready to take on the famed roads of Iceland.

And, wow, were we in for a treat! There’s a reason why travelers have been flocking to popular destinations like Egypt or India for centuries, and now I can understand the appeal of Iceland during these modern times as well. However, even though it’s a popular destination, you still can’t help but feel like you have the country all to yourself a lot of the time, especially when you visit in the winter and get off the main roads. Another reason I wanted to go in the winter is for the light. Being so far from the equator, the sun only moves from side to side and never directly across the sky, creating for “magic days” rather than hours.

The following images were capture during a 3-week road trip through a country that has already become one of my all-time favorites, and I know that I’ll be back again soon!

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