The Iceland Ring Road You May Not Know

There is only one main road in Iceland, which they call Route 1. Even this is just a two-lane road. What makes the Iceland Ring Road special is it goes right around the island from Reykjavik to Reykjavik. This ‘golden circle’ as they call it has many wonders to behold. I have only space to tell you about my favourite four. When you have finished reading you can book your car hire and accommodation for Iceland right here.

Undiscovered Iceland Ring Road Highlights

Skógafoss Waterfall. undiscovered Iceland Ring Road highlights
Skógafoss Waterfall: Photo by Emstrur / CC BY-SA 4.0

Skógafoss Waterfall at the South End of the Island

The waterfall tumbles twenty-five meters down what once were ocean cliffs, before the sea receded to five kilometres away. According to a persistent rumour, the first Viking settler buried a treasure chest in a cave behind it. There are hiking and trekking trails to places with romantic sounding names. We are unable to promise you will find a fortune, but you will find peace and happiness at this surreal destination along the undiscovered Iceland Ring Road highlights.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake with Icebergs. undiscovered Iceland ring road highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake with Icebergs: Leon Petrosyan BY CC BY-SA 3.0

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake with Icebergs

Traveling anti-clockwise around Iceland Jökulsárlón, meaning glacial river lagoon developed into a lake when the sea receded. The ocean is now over a kilometre away. The lagoon is constantly evolving and could become a deep fjord fairly soon. See it now while you can.  Take a guided boat tour to where the icebergs calve from the glacier edge. See seals resting on icebergs, after a delicious meal of herring, trout, and salmon (them not you).

Seyðisfjörður Harbour. undiscovered Iceland ring road highlights
Seyðisfjörður Harbour: Zairon BY CC BY-SA 3.0

Seyðisfjörður Harbour Where Cruise Ships Call

Seyðisfjörður is on the eastern extremity of the Island before Route 1 curves northwest. Cruise ships call here because the place is famous for its historic wooden buildings that insulated first settlers arriving in 1848 from icy cold. Further out towards the ocean are puffin and romantic ruins. Try to arrive in mid-July for the LungA Arts Festival where the people gather for a fusion of the arts.

Mývatn Nature Baths. undiscovered Iceland ring road highlights
Mývatn Nature Baths: Bruce McAdam BY CC BY-SA 2.0

Mývatn Nature Baths: The Blue Lagoon of Iceland

As we complete the amazing Iceland Ring Road highlights and head back to Reykjavik, we stop by a remarkable thermal spring. It offers warm bathing just one hundred kilometres from the Arctic Circle. Be lost in time amidst abundant bird life and plants. This place will warm your body, the way the welcoming Icelanders will warm your soul. Where else would you want to go for a motorhome holiday.

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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  1. Top road trip ideas from around the world | Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] fields, snow-capped mountaintops and blue-grey fjords. If you’re brave enough to take the ring road trip during winter time (be mindful of road safety) make sure to stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon […]


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