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Portuguese photographer discovered that the twilight of winter is just as beautiful as the Aurora

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  • Cliffs at Arnarstapi Snæfellsnes peninsula is a photographers paradise. Photo/Vitor Marques

  • Búðir An old church estate and trading post on Snæfellsnes peninsula. Photo/Vitor Marques

  • Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and Mt. Kirkjufell Two of the best known landmark on Snæfellsnes peninsula Photo/Vitor Marques

  • A farm on Snæfellsnes Imagine living in a place like this! Vitor Marques

Many people come to Iceland in winter hoping to catch the Northern Lights, only to discover that the daylight in winter can be just as beautiful. In fact, one of the best things about Iceland in winter is the light. The short days, with their cold, twilight-eque sunshine create a strangely magical atmosphere, adding a natural filter to the landscapes. For photographers the icy blue light and blue-gray sky provide endless opportunities for unique landscape photos. 

Vitor Marques, Kirkjufell

Vinter photography Vitor Marques with his equipment. Mt Kirkjufell in the background. Photo/Vitor Marques

Vitor Marques, a Portuguese photographer, visited Iceland in early December 2017. He spent 9 days traveling around Iceland photographing the landscape. Vitor told Iceland Magazine he had initially hoped to catch the northern lights, but despite spending nine whole days in the middle of winter he had no luck as the sky was cloudy the whole time:  

"But Iceland is much more than northern lights, there are volcanoes, glaciers, snow, lava fields, mountains of valleys to lose sight of, and warm and friendly people. It's incredible."

Vitor arrived in Reykjavík, rented a car and drove around the coast, visiting Snæfellsnes peninsula as well as tracing the mountains along the south coast. 

"For me, the best car trip I've done with stunning scenery."

The south coast, Vitor argues, offered countless spots for photography. 

"From Kirkjufell on Snæfellsnes peninsula we started our trip to Jökulsarlon, stopping at many amazing places to photograph. The waterfalls, lava fields, the DC 3 wreck on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur, Vik, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, etc. There is just so much to see and photograph and this only a small part of the island."

Vitor promised he will be back again to try to catch the Aurora, saying that while he has visited many different countries to photograph, Iceland stands out:

"I photographed many countries as incredible with the cambodja for tanzania or turkey, but Iceland marked me, and that marked me to the point of returning for the year to meet and photograph the rest of the island and this time also the northern lights." 


Snæfellsnes Photo/Vitor Marques 


Öræfi Photo/Vitor Marques 

Jökulsárlon glacial lagoon

Jökulsárlon glacial lagoon Photo/Vitor Marques


Jökulsárlón Photo/Vitor Marques 

DC3 wreck, Sólheimasandur

DC3 wreck, Sólheimasandur Photo/Vitor Marques 


Seljalandsfoss Photo/Vitor Marques 

Skógafoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall Photo/Vitor Marques  
Black sand beach, Vík

Black sand beach, Vík Photo/Vitor Marques

mountain, Eyjaföll
The Eyjaföll mountain range Photo/Vitor Marques 
Hallgrímskirkja, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja,  Reykjavík, Photo/Vitor Marques 

Reykjavík skyline, Esjan

Reykjavík skyline, Esjan Photo/Vitor Marques


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