Iceland has long been a popular winter destination for keen travellers, and this is not without reason. This little island transforms when blanketed in frost and snow, creating a fantastical white wonderland that will surely entice both enthusiastic photographers and nature lovers alike.

Although Reykjavík has been snowless for most of December, the same cannot be said for Iceland’s countryside. The northern town of Akureyri, for instance, has experienced the highest snowfall on record since the 1960s.

Fear not, for those unable to visit Iceland this season can get a glimpse of this country’s beautiful nature—all of it cloaked in its wintery costume of ice and snow—through this selection of photographs our friends in the countryside have sent us. Check out the gallery below.

Kvíabekkjarkirkja near Ólafsfjörður town, N-Iceland.

Kvíabekkjarkirkja church in Ólafsfjörður town, N-Iceland. Photo: Unnur María Máney Bergsveinsdóttir

Little doggy running around near Lake Mývatn.

Little doggy running around near Lake Mývatn. Photo Credit: Ragnar Baldvinsson

The view outside of a kitchen window in Siglufjörður town.

The view from a kitchen window in Siglufjörður town. Photo: Kristína R. Berman

A tree in Akureyri that has broken under the weight of snow.

A tree in Akureyri that has broken under the weight of snow. Photo: Svana Þorgeirsdóttir (aunt Svana)

Icelandic horses enjoying the winter.

Icelandic horses enjoying the winter. Photo: Anne-Kathrin Kreft Facebook