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Photo of the Month: Photography & Fun in Iceland

We've said it before but it bears repeating: there's no bad time to visit Iceland!

Mike and Andrea Howe learned this firsthand when they ventured to Nordic Visitor's little corner of the North Atlantic in March to enjoy our popular Pearls of the South & West winter self-drive tour. What they also learned from their adventure? It pays off to send a few travel pics our way -- a quick shout-out on our Twitter page saw them named the winners of this month's Nordic Photo of the Month contest! The winning shot is heading up this blog post and is featured on our Facebook page.

We caught up with Mike to pick his brain about his travels in Iceland and the memories behind his winning images.

Lest you start thinking that you have to be on your honeymoon -- like our February and March photo contest winners --  to win our Nordic Photo of the Month Contest, Mike and Andrea came to Iceland just for fun. "We wanted to try a totally new destination as opposed to a hot one! Photography was our main reason for the trip, as we're both interested in it."

Michael and Andrea met some Icelandic horses in their thick winter coats during their self-drive tour. (Photo by Michael Howe)
Mike and Andrea met some Icelandic horses in their thick winter coats during their self-drive tour. (Photo by Mike Howe)
Michael Howe - Mountain
A calm and crisp day made for some stunning reflections along the Snæfellsnes peninsula. (Photo by Mike Howe)

"We also wanted to see for ourselves some of the iconic places we have looked at online and seen on TV. Iceland has become more popular on the TV, with celebrities like Alexander Armstrong and Bear Grylls travelling there. A couple of our friends had been recently and we loved their photos and wanted to see more."

Michael Howe - Reynisfjara
Reynisfjara is stunning in all weather, but Mike captured it during a particularly moody time. (Photo by Mike Howe)
Michael Howe - Solheimasandur
The wrecked cargo plane on Sólheimasandur is an interesting attraction and a photographer's dream. (Photo by Mike Howe)

Like many travellers in Iceland, the pair were struck by the empty roads and challenging conditions. And since their self-drive tour took them along the country's South coast and around the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula they got to experience more variety in every aspect of their trip. Says Mike: "I'm glad we didn't just have one base, as we were able to see a lot."

Not far from the post popular viewing spot of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is the beach where icebergs sometimes rest on the shore before journeying out to sea. (Photo by Michael Howe)
Not far from the most popular viewing spot of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is the beach where icebergs sometimes rest on the shore before journeying out to sea. (Photo by Mike Howe)
Andrea meanders between large icebergs from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. (Photo by Michael Howe)
Andrea meanders between large icebergs from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. (Photo by Mike Howe)
Seals take a break from swimming in the glacier lagoon. (Photo by Michael Howe)
Seals take a break from swimming in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. (Photo by Mike Howe)

The highlights for Mike and Andrea were the scenery of Snæfellsnes, including Kirkjufell and Búðir; spotting seals in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon; and snorkeling in Silfra during a blizzard! "It was an experience we almost chickened out of," says Mike of pulling on a dry suit and snorkeling in white-out conditions, "but we loved it!"

Michael Howe - Northern Lights
One of the biggest perks of winter travel in the Nordics is the chance of spotting the northern lights. (Photo by Mike Howe)
Michael Howe - Búðir
The black church in Búðir, on the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, stands out in contrast to the snow. It's a beautifully peaceful locale. (Photo by Mike Howe)

For others thinking of travelling to Iceland during the winter, Mike recommends planning ahead and keeping an eye on the weather forecast (we at Nordic Visitor heartily recommend this as well!) and to treat the journey from A to B as part of the adventure.

He concludes: "do some research before going and use Nordic Visitor to plan your visit!"

... we agree with that, too!

Michael Howe - Skogafoss
Congratulations, Mike and Andrea! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us!

Spring has sprung in Iceland, so the Pearls of the South & West summer edition may be in the cards if you plan on travelling in the coming months. If winter travel is more up your alley, check out some of these delightfully frosty travel packages:


Have you travelled with Nordic Visitor and want to be in the running for our Nordic Photo of the Month contest? Tag your travel photos with #NordicVisitor to share them with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! Read all about the contest, the great monthly prizes (from 66° North!) and all the ways you can enter!

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Post by: Catharine

Catharine Fulton is a Communications Specialist with Nordic Visitor. Though born and raised in Canada, she's found herself stuck in the Nordic region since moving to Finland in 2007 to pursue her MA and then migrating to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2009,  where she lives with her Icelandic husband and tries (albeit unsuccessfully) to master the Icelandic language.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way, check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.

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