Mikołaj Gospodarek has travelled to the road every year since 2008 to take pictures of it across the different seasons.
“I drove to the Dolomites, and out of curiosity I wanted to see the Grossglockner High Alpine Road,” Mikolaj told Lonely Planet. “I was struck by the space, silence and mountains the first time I drove it.”
The road, which is named after Austria’s highest mountain, first opened in August 1935.
When asked what makes it so special, compared with other places he has photographed, Mikolaj explained that the challenges of such an undertaking made the project worthwhile.
“Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a difficult place as there are only good conditions for a few days per year,” he explained. “At other times you encounter a lack of light and the road can be closed.”
The photographer explained that capturing the perfect shot often involves long waits and getting “lucky,” and it has taken him several years to capture these images.
If he embarks on a project, he has to be satisfied with the results before publishing it, whether that takes one month or ten years to accomplish.
His favourite seasons are autumn and winter, and his images show the mountain during snowy conditions to perfection.
His images were captured with Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 5D Mark I cameras, and he shoots with Lee Filters and 16 mm to 400 mm lenses.
Mikolaj graduated from the faculty of film and photography at the School of Art and Design in Lodz with a master of arts.
He has worked for eight years in the St. Paul Edition as a photographer and photo-editor.
His images of the road show a stunning range of mountaintop views, glacier lakes, waterfalls and roadside huts.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road draws tourists from all over the world because of its beautiful scenery and vistas.
Those who travel on the 47.8 km road must pay a toll and it is only open from May to October.
As these photos above show, it is worth it, as it offers Austria’s highest vista and breathtaking views.