Road number 1, Þjó?vegur 1, Road 1 or Ring Road , (in English circular road), circles Iceland, creating a natural route to travel Iceland by road. Ideal for those who want to venture on the island and travel it to your liking by car or camper, by dreamland without crossing with almost anyone. The particular distribution of the Icelandic population means that although there is a certain amount of traffic around Reykjavik, in most of the road there are no more than 100 vehicles a day.
The itinerary of the Ring Road has a length of 1340 km , and was completed in 1974, with the construction of the longest bridge in Iceland, the south of the island on the Skeidara river.
The road starts from Reykjavik and draws an immense circle through the main towns and natural places of the island. Following the direction of the hands of the clock, it crosses Sellfoss, Hvolsvöllur, Vík , Kirkjubæjarklaustur , Höfn, Egilssta?ir , Akureyri, Blönduós and Borgarnes .
The road, despite being the main road communication route in Iceland, is a two-way road with only one lane for each direction during most of the route. Only the Reykjavik ring road and some small sections are double lane. Even in the easternmost areas the asphalt gives way to a dirt and gravel track. The road is in good conditions, but most of the 1400 km pass through uninhabited areas where animals and atmospheric elements roam freely.
What to see
Thanks to Highway 1, you can visit most of Iceland’s tourist sites. Again following the clockwise direction the route passes very close to the three main places of the Route of the Golden Circle : The National Park of Thingvellir ; the Valley of the Geisers , Haukadaulur and the Cascade of Gullfoss . All this is relatively close to Reykjavík, deviating a bit from Highway 1.
Also the Blue Lake (Blue Lagoon) , a geothermal complex and a thermal lake that is among the most known and tourist places in Iceland, is located in this area.
The south of the country is the most populated and urbanized, which nevertheless leaves abundant space for an immense and overwhelming nature. 150 Km. From Reykjavik we find the impressive Skogafoss waterfall . An obligatory stop next to the village of Skógar, which has 25 inhabitants, beautiful waterfalls and a museum with samples of the typical buildings of Iceland, the houses with roofs covered with peat. Skógar is also the point of departure towards the interior, towards the highlands of Landmannalaugar.
300 km. We enter the region of the vast Vatnajökull National Park , another area of ??incredible landscapes where we can make routes on foot, by bike or on horseback . In this area you can make a stop in Kirkjubæjarklaustur , to visit the volcanic complexes Laki (Lakagígar) and the Eldgjá
crater system; the Fja?rárgljúfur canyon or the Skaftaffel area.
Then, following the route to the east, we find the glacier and the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarion (375km). Höfn , at 455 km. Is a small fishing port where you can spend a night.
Egilssta?ir at 630 Km. Is another small town in the eastern part of Iceland, with its small port and airport.
Continuing north-northwest we enter the region of the Ruta del Circulo del Diamante . The northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park is full of natural landscapes and cities of unique beauty. Among them we highlight: the volcanic complex of Askja ; Lake Myvant; the Asbyrgi Canyon; the Dark Castles; the waterfalls and waterfalls of Eiderfoss, Godafoss, Dettifoss and the Cliffs of the Murmullos .
After touring some of the most unpopulated areas of Iceland we reached the fishing north. Akureyri is located at Km. 900 of our route. A lively and cultural city, with more breathtaking landscapes.Turning north we can visit the pretty and charming fishing village ofHusavík .
At 1040 km and approaching Reykiavík we see again the sea in Blönduós .
In Borgarnes we can deviate towards the region of the fjords of the west (Vestfirdir), more wild and isolated if it fits. A place to get lost or to be found, for example in Ísafjördur . To the west we have the Snaeffelsjökull National Park . And to the east lies the Husafell valley , with its lava fields and glaciers.
A little further south, almost at the gates of Reykjavík we must head west to visit the Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most spectacular parts of the whole country. Volcanoes, mountains, fjords and charming villages. A summary of the whole island not too far from Reykjavik, therefore ideal for those who only have a week for all of Iceland. Place of great charm and full of myths. There, Jules Verne placed the entrance to the center of the earth in his famous novel.
Some essential recommendations.
For the route of the Ring Road it is recommended to choose to rent a good vehicle, the 4 × 4 are the most suitable cars for a complete tour. Of course, in winter, such a trip can be simply impossible, so it is recommended to organize a trip in the summer and always find out about the weather in Iceland.
To rent a vehicle enter our car rental section .
The maximum speed is 90 km per hour.
Warm clothes and some provisions, as well as water, a phone with full battery. An updated map and a certain idea of ??where to make stops, gas and
spend the night is also interesting.
One week can be a prudential time to travel the Ring Road, but it can be done in less or more time depending on our stops and what we want to see. Where to stay
Accommodation in Iceland is not too expensive if we think about the high standard of living in the country. There is a wide variety of accommodation in Iceland, with all kinds of services and excellent quality. First of all, there are hotels of different categories, for all tastes and needs: from luxury hotels in the center of Rekikiavík, passing through medium hotels with very good services, to pensions within reach of all budgets.
Of course, there are also campsites and youth hostels or hostels , a form of cheap accommodation in Iceland, close to nature and a means of meeting other travelers. Of course, do not forget to book in advance and carry the hostel card . But there are also very peculiar lodgings in Iceland , such as farms , which is a way of seeing how the Icelanders live in rural areas and also offers a large number of activities and excursions. There are also cabins or cottages, which is an original form of accommodation in Iceland. The cabins are in full nature and in very good condition, and the owners usually propose horse and boat excursions .
The rural houses are another interesting option, since they offer a great independence and tranquility, as well as being in the middle of nature. On the other hand, the Gistheimil are very common , which are the Bed & Breakfast , guest houses (with a copious breakfast included) that belong to families that offer the traveler a close and friendly treatment – the houses in Iceland are large and many people welcomes tourists turning their houses into “guesthouses”. Although the good service and the welcome is ensured in any type of accommodation in Iceland, due to the friendly nature of the Icelanders. We remind you that you can make reservations for accommodation in Iceland on our website well in advance, and it is recommendable since in summer it is difficult to find accommodation in many tourist towns, even in Reykjavík, especially on weekends.
It is true that Iceland is an expensive country, but from here you can book your accommodation at the best prices; we try that your choice of cottage, farm or hotel in Iceland suits your possibilities. Traveling to Iceland in low season or in winter is a great saving , since almost all hotels have special offers for these months of the year. On the other hand, in high season there are also discounts in hotels if you plan to stay more than 5 days. And for children there are also discounts if they sleep in the same room with their parents.