Winter Stokksnes Iceland

Vesturhorn Mountain in Winter Arctic Light

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Vestrahorn is a beautiful mountain on the southeast coast of Iceland. It is a 15-minute drive from the fishing town of Höfn and the Höfn airport. The town is a 6-hour drive from Reykjavik, but the airport can be reached by plane in an hour. The majority of great photographs of Vesturhorn are taken from the beach at Stokksnes where the N.A.T.O. base is.

Stokksnes Winter

Vestrahorn Reflection

During the winter in Iceland, the light is never harsh. Even at true midday (13.00), the light is soft and rich in colour.  The sunlight hits the Vestrahorn Mountain in the afternoon, but be aware that your shadow will be in your photo at around 3 p.m. on the Stokksnes sand dunes. The light will continue to hit the side of Vesturhorn until about 4 p.m.  During mid-winter, close to the solstice, the sun will be setting at 3 p.m., so be sure to be there in good time.

Vesturhorn mountain

Vestrahorn looks great with a layer of snow. This Iceland landscape photo was taken on a December afternoon from the sand dunes at Stokksnes.  There is a huge variety of foreground textures here.  If you are lucky, you will find some undisturbed sand without all the tourist footprints.


Cloudy conditions

Vestrahorn mountain sand & tussocks
Cloudy conditions. Vestrahorn works well without any light. Click to buy a photo print!

This photo was taken in October, before the snow. The volcanic sand tussocks provide the landscape photographer with plenty of rich foreground, and the mountain is a highly dependable background, even in cloudy conditions.  We also visited Vesturhorn the day before, when the cloud cover was so low that we couldn’t see the mountain.  In low-cloud conditions, there is little reason to even visit Vestrahorn Mountain.

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A touch of winter snow really brings Vesturhorn Mountain to life.

Northern Lights

Vestrahorn can be a great location for Northern Lights photography. Facing Vestrahorn Mountain from Stokksnes is facing North East, which is a good direction for Aurora displays.

Northern lights Vesturhorn
Icelandic aurora over Vestrahorn Mountain

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