Two years ago I decided to finally take my driver's license, and as a treat when it'd be all done, I would move to Iceland. This month, I've been living on this little island for one year now. Having previously visited and fallen completely in love with nature, I knew that it wouldn't be possible to live here without a car.

So, after six months, I finally found the right fit and bought my first little four-wheel drive to explore this country properly. I've now circled Iceland three times, driven over 20 000 kilometers and experienced a whole lot of sightseeing. Throughout this period, I've come to discover that each side of this island is incredibly different, not only nature-wise but also weather-wise. For example, driving from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón during springtime will let you experience all the four seasons in just a matter of hours. This can be quite daunting if you're not used to snowstorms combined with heavy wind, threatening to push you off the road. Though, as long as you lower the speed limit to walking pace, there is no need to worry and you'll find the extreme changes pretty amusing.

Anyway, this article is not about Icelandic driving conditions, but the Icelandic natural beauty. It's no wonder Instagram is packed with photos of this gorgeous country, as it's basically any photographer's heaven. Wherever you go, there is an amazing motif just around the corner. You'll come across places that don't look like they are from this planet, whether this be boiling mud pools, multicolored mountains, black beaches covered with ice chunks, or "just" thousands of breathtaking waterfalls. I like to think that I've seen my fair share of Iceland during my one year here, but I know that there is so much more to discover. Currently, my favorite places are the lesser-known locations, though giving the growing popularity of this place, I'm sure they'll be generously visited sooner or later.

So, I'm sharing a selection of my more preferred photos from my time here. It's difficult to make this crazy photogenic country justice on photo, but hopefully, I managed to capture at least a part of it. If anyone reading this considers visiting Iceland, then all I can say is do it! It's not cheap, but it's so worth it.

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Snæfellsnes. Finally met one of Iceland's tiny foxes.

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Withnail 4 weeks ago

"Snæfellsnes" is the involuntary sound I made due to the extreme cuteness of this tiny fox.

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Reykjavik (it's a bike path, so no need to worry about him). This is the Icelandic spring.

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Theory Buchannon 4 weeks ago

BUNNIE

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Somewhere in the south. Considered a weed by some, but they'll improve any photograph with their presence.

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Angi Jiles 3 weeks ago

In Texas we call them Bluebonnets. They are a type of lupine.

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Gljúfrafoss. Hot water cave, a different view.

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Andres Tejeda 4 weeks ago

That is beautiful, I would hang out there for a few hours and just enjoy the scenery.

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2 of many Icelandic horses. Despite my dislike for the flies, they do look good on photo.

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Ytri Tunga. Definition of puppy dog eyes.

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Kim Bush 4 weeks ago

What I've seen "humans" do to these beautiful creatures break my heart... They have every reason to look so sad.

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Vestrahorn. A different perspective of this very famous mountain.

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NanZ 4 weeks ago

Interesting shot!

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Diamond beach. May not look like it, but this was an insane wave that managed to hit me all the way up to my waist.

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Heather Meikle 4 weeks ago

To everyone reading this.....don't do what this idiot did, the waves on this beach are dangerous and they could've died pretty quick due to the cold water and being dragged out to sea. There are huge warning signs leading up to the beach...follow them!

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Hraunfossar. A fraction of a gorgeous waterfall.

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Kim Bush 4 weeks ago

It's comforting to know such beauty still exists in the world...... I'm hoping pollution isn't hiding in those pristine waters

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Kirkjufell. You've not had the full tourist experience when visiting Snæfellsnes, unless you photograph this mountain from this exact angle.

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Victoria Duncan 4 weeks ago

Beautiful!

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Hvitserkur. During my stay here, I've come across more seals than any other animal.

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sneakcollector 3 weeks ago

Seal team one resting....

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Skógafoss. The power of this waterfall is so impressive, that I had to clean the lens of my camera after every shot.

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Grjótagjá. Hot water cave.

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Snæfellsnes. Nighttime photography during the summer is my favorite time of the year here.

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Reykjavik. Taken at 2 am.

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Goðafoss. Another one of my more preferred waterfalls.

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Snæfellsnes. This little one was completely nonchalant to my presence, only focusing on finding food.

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Alaysis De Smedt 4 weeks ago

its so fucking cute

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Háifoss. Probably one of my favorite waterfalls, with an impressive drop of 122 meters.

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Westfjords. The popular puffin.

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Sadie Jayne 3 weeks ago

I love puffins! {and blue footed boobies} My 2 very favorite birds!

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Strokkur. Smaller eruption.

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Gljúfrafoss. Sometimes unplanned models will complete your photo.

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Reynisfjara. Another angle of this black sand beach, though this time during sunrise at 11 am.

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Arnarstapi. Probably one of the most photographed houses in Iceland.

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irenetheavocado 2 weeks ago

Does anybody live in it?

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Seljalandsfoss. Visit this very famous waterfall at 00:57am to actually get a photo without people in it.

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Jökulsárlón. Incredible glacier lagoon filled with ice and seals.

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Monika Soffronow 3 weeks ago

What a proud profile

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Reynisfjara. Black sand beach colored back to a regular beach during sunset.

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Stuðlagil. They couldn't have chosen a much better spot than this.

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Kim Bush 4 weeks ago

I could have just sat up there for hours

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Vestrahorn. The perk of the high winds here is the quick removal of clouds when they are unwanted.

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