Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

Epic road trip along Ring Road, Iceland’s main route: Part 1

The most convenient way to explore Iceland is to rent a car and use Iceland’s Ring Road. This national highway connects many of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, including Reykjavík, the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Even more attractions are accessible using Ring Road, making it easy to be a tourist in Iceland.

Iceland Ring Road Trip

Even if you drive in a complete circle on Ring Road and never stop to visit these destinations, you’d still see some pretty stunning scenery. In this post, let’s take Ring Road  (and maybe make some detours) to see just how Iceland’s scenic highway differs drastically from the sights we usually see on highways! Stay along for the whole journey to see some amazingly different scenery changes.

We’re in our rented car and ready for a road trip! Despite the fogginess, the landscape is still pretty visible.

Iceland Ring Road Trip

Iceland Ring Road Trip

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Iceland Ring Road Trip

Interesting terrain so far…is that lava covering the moss?!

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip

Passing by Skógar where there are great museums, including an open-air museum with typical Icelandic homes from the past.

Iceland Ring Road Trip Skógar

Iceland Ring Road Trip Skógar

Iceland Ring Road Trip Skógar

Iceland Ring Road Trip Skógar

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Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

We’re approaching Reynisfjara Beach near the village Vik. Located here are basalt sea stacks under the mountain Reynisfjall.

Iceland Ring Road Trip Reynisfjara Beach Vik

Now we’re heading towards Hvannadalshnúkur, which is Iceland’s highest peak!

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

First time we’ve seen an open highway!

Iceland Ring Road Trip Reynisfjara Beach Vik

The terrain starts to change again here. It looks really unique, like the terrain on another planet.

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Simply amazing!

Iceland Ring Road Trip unique terrain

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip unique terrain

Iceland Ring Road Trip unique terrain moss volcano

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

That landscape seemed to cover a lot of ground, but finally we’re back to more familiar landscapes.

We also spot a friendly sheep!Iceland Ring Road Trip sheep

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Waiting for the sheep to cross the road…Paris in Boston Iceland

Now we’re seeing another unfamiliar landscape. With the fog starting up again, it looks really imposing!

Paris in Boston Iceland

This concludes Part 1 of our road trip on Ring Road! We’ll continue our journey in Part 2 where we’ll head off to Hvannadalshnúkur to see completely unique landscapes where you can see ice and glaciers meeting the summer landscape.

Merci!