Winter is Coming: The real Game of Thrones in Iceland
Iceland. This time last year, I was just about recovered from an incredible 10-day road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Choosing to travel the 1,300km Ring Road in the depths of Scandinavian winter was an… interesting choice. It was freezing. Some days we jumped out of the car to set our eyes on another mind-bogglingly wild, icy landmark, and could only stand 10 minutes before we violently shivered back to the warmth of the car to fight off frostbite.
Kirkjufell Mountain was one of those landmarks. Used in a handful of scenes in Game of Thrones, it’s apparently the most photographed mountain in the whole of Iceland. Located in the north of the country, close to the tiny town of Grundarfjörður, it’s one stop on a long list of spectacular sights along the Ring Road – geysers and waterfalls and rugged beaches galore. Even though we couldn’t spend more than a few minutes soaking in the view, the cold also meant that the usually tourist-saturated spot is relatively empty… save a few brave 20-strong tourist groups. But still, relatively quiet. Hurrah!
The silence got louder and louder the further around the Ring Road we travelled. Surrounded by nothing but miles and miles of complete wilderness, the odd house or Icelandic horse scattered here and there, the emptiness of the roads were nothing less than perfect. Absssolutelllly perfect.
So would I recommend a winter road trip to Iceland? In a word: yes. It’s cheaper in winter, you can easily find B&B’s on the night (we just used our mobile data to book through booking.com when we had decided where we would stop somewhere in the late afternoon), and you get to see Iceland fully live up to its name. You just have to be down with very, very cold temperatures, 4-5 hours of daylight, icy roads and a little bit of isolation.