In Between Seasons in West Iceland

When you think of Iceland, the first thing that may come to mind is driving along an isolated road, cascading mountains on one side, epic coastlines on the other. And that’s exactly what it was for us. While the most popular seasons to travel throughout Iceland may be an ice-covered winter surrounded by the northern lights, or an endless summer where the sun seems to never set- we chose to visit in the off season-spring.

Campervan parked in front of mountains
Campervan at a crossroads in Iceland

While some might say travelling in the off season is bad for photographers, the landscape may not be as lush and the colours may not be as dramatic – we, however, fell in love with Iceland in the spring. There was nothing that compared to driving up in our Happy Camper to isolated hot springs nestled in the side of the hills in Snæfellsjökull, completely on our own. And while we may have missed the lush greenery that comes in the summer, or the endless icefields that winter brings- we found love by searching for hidden gems in empty tourist hotspots that fill up with people in the ‘on’ season.

Woman enjoying the view from her camper
Campervan by the side of the road

We chose to visit Iceland in the off season, and truly got away from it all. We experienced the same dramatic coastlines, beautiful volcanoes, and active volcanoes that you see in more popular seasons. Only we got to visit them alone, and take it all in while cooking dinner on the stove outside our camper. If you want to get away from life for a while, and escape to the wild for some perspective- we can think of no place better than West Iceland in the springtime. Here are a few of our favourite moments from our time spent on the road in solitude.

Campervan under the northern lights
Guy standing outside of a van