Incredible photos of the record breaking snowfall night in Reykjavik

Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city's landmarks, dusted with snowflakes.

Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city's landmarks, dusted with snowflakes. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

Icelandic photographer Gunnar Freyr woke up to the sound of a tree breaking in his garden and saw the heavy snowfall coming down.  He grabbed his camera and ventured into the city centre to capture these fantastic photos of a magical night. 

Snow depth was measured at 51 cm at 9 am this  morning in the capital which breaks the record of 48 cm in February in 1952.  Only once has this been exceeded, in January of 1937 when snow was 55 cm. 

The photographs were taken in Reykjavik between 3 and 5 am. 
Follow Gunnar Frey's work on Instagram HERE. 

Trees heavy with snow on a footpath in central Reykjavik.

Trees heavy with snow on a footpath in central Reykjavik. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

People had some hard work in store for them on ...

People had some hard work in store for them on Sunday when it came to retrieving their cars. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

People walking late at night through the soft magical snowfall.

People walking late at night through the soft magical snowfall. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

The snow depth ended up being 51 centimetres on Sunday ...

The snow depth ended up being 51 centimetres on Sunday morning. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

Snowed up stairs on a Reykjavik residence.

Snowed up stairs on a Reykjavik residence. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

Not the ideal season for biking.

Not the ideal season for biking. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

Pedestrians turning into snowmen in the night.

Pedestrians turning into snowmen in the night. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

A lone dog in the ciy centre.

A lone dog in the ciy centre. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

Pedestrians in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city centre. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

A mum hurrying home with a pram late at night ...

A mum hurrying home with a pram late at night through the thick snow. Photo/Gunnar Freyr

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