I've been living in Reykjavik for five years now. I've seen storms, blizzards, and all kinds of weather here. Winters usually are mild but stormy and snow isn't a frequent guest. Surprisingly, this year winter is quite different.
Reykjavik is home to 120,000 people. Its beautiful tiny downtown is packed with little colorful houses, cozy cafés, galleries, and bookshops. I often grab a cup of takeaway coffee and my camera, and take a stroll around the heart of the city.
The last stop is usually Tjörnin (the Pond) – a small lake next to the Reykjavik City Hall.
Families with children often come to Tjörnin to see and feed ducks, seagulls, swans, and other birds that reside here. During the winter, hot geothermal water is pumped into the lake to defrost it for water birds.
This is a webpage where you can see Tjörnin live. My husband and I love the ocean and ships, and this is the reason why we visit Reykjavik’s harbor frequently. It’s quite empty in wintertime, but it’s even prettier without a crowd.
In January, we visited Elliðaárdalur valley. That was the first time I saw it covered with snow. There is a tiny waterfall there and last summer, I made a promise to visit it in winter.
The most beautiful and memorable winter day was in the end of January. We woke up early in the morning and realized that it was snowing a lot while we were sleeping. I’ve never seen anything like this. As soon as the sun rose, we went to the botanical garden of Reykjavik to capture the striking beauty of nature.
The snow is gone now. It almost feels like spring. But I know that winters are long here in Iceland and it will snow later this month. My cameras and films are patiently waiting for this beautiful white miracle in their shelves.