The great RING ROAD (route 1) of Iceland!
The great RING ROAD (route 1) of Iceland! Reviews
The great RING ROAD (route 1) of Iceland! Oct 10, 2010
The ultimate and one-of-a-kind roadtrip! For me, the great ring road (route 1) of iceland is iceland's biggest attraction. Why? Because without it, the main attractions of iceland could not be reached!
the great ring road is 1,339 kilometres and circles the whole of iceland, it doenst matter which direction you drive either from the north or south of rekjavik after completing the entire circle you would end up again in rekjavik.
the ring road was built to make life things easier for the people of iceland that lives on the habitable areas (mostly on the coastline) and also a gift sent from above to tourists because the most of the main attractions lies within the reaches of the ring road - for example: starting from the south of reykjavik: the glaciers of eyjafjallajökull, mýrdalsjökull and vatnajökull; the waterfalls of seljalandsfoss and gulfoss; the black beach of vík and reynisdrangar and the icebergs of jökulsárlon; then driving into the east: the wild east fjörds and jagged rocky mountains that drops into the sea; the mordor and mars-like landscape of northwest iceland in möðrudalur; in the north: the second largest city of iceland which is akureyri, the greenland sea, goðafoss waterfalls, the thermal lake of mývatn, hverarönd sulfur springs and krafla volcano and finally going down back to rekjavik which the north west landscape of table mountains dominate.
this is one of the most expensive things to do in iceland - booking a tour package can cost around 1500-3000 euros to be able to circle the whole of the ring road but hiring a car can lessen the expensive cost. we made a roadtrip completing the circle in 8 days starting and ending in rekyjavik.
*the most exciting drive on the ring road are driving on the southern portion of vatnajökull glacier - it takes hours (we drove it in 2 days!) its a large ice cap around the size of crete island! Then driving into the east fjords where the road just cuts through the sides of of the mountains and on the other side driving through cliffs and below is the raging sea! And of course driving through möðrudalur, a barren wasteland of nothing at northeast iceland but the landscape is eerie at the same time - it felt like mordor from the lord of the rings!*
i really really really recommend doing this than booking tours in iceland, because iceland is a country that given every 50-100 kms of distance intervals - the landscape changes dramatically and it feels like entering another country.
all the time and money spent driving and circling the ring road is worth it because its a roadtrip of a lifetime and an unforgetable experience!
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