Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

Epic road trip along Ring Road, Iceland’s main route: Part 2

Continuing my Iceland road trip from Part 1, we’re heading to Hvannadalshnúkur to see a completely unique landscape.

Here, you can see the beginnings of the ice in the distance.Paris in Boston Iceland

But we’re not stopping on this road trip! Next, we’re driving by the Skeidararsandur region.

Paris in Boston Iceland

 

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

We’ve finally made it to Skaftafellsstofa where you can hike up the mountain to see  waterfalls and other beautiful sights.

Iceland Ring Road Trip Skaftafellsstofa

After stopping to see the famous Svartifoss (Black Falls), we off to see the Hjallanes and the Heinaberg area. We got a little bi of rain on the way.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

It’s amazing how quickly the landscapes change dramatically!

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Leaving the glacial areas of Hjallanes and the Heinaberg, I turn around to capture the amazing landscape.

Iceland Ring Road Trip Hjallanes and Heinaberg

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

This truly is the view from the car while driving along Ring Road!!!

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Once again, it’s a quick change of scenery as we drive by the glaciers.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Driving towards Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Iceland.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip Vatnajökull

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

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I finally remembered to take a picture of our rental car!

Iceland Ring Road Trip rental car

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip dramatic landscape

Along the way I spot a cute house with its own backyard waterfall; not a bad view at all!

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

We’re driving by another landscape that seems so alien to me. These are lava rock formations called cairns near Þingvellir.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip lava rock formations

Paris in Boston Iceland

Here is where my notes get fuzzy as I can’t remember if this stop was on the same day or the next (and the timestamp on my photos changed when I saved them to my hard drive unfortunately). However, according to my photos, this one was taken next and it does provide a striking difference in landscape from the last one!

Iceland Ring Road Trip lava rock beautiful landscape

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

And here we go, another drastic change! On the way to Gullfoss waterall.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip Gullfoss

Iceland Ring Road Trip Gullfoss

After passing Gullfoss, we head on towards Þingvellir National Park.

Iceland Ring Road Trip Þingvellir National Park

Iceland Ring Road Trip Þingvellir National Park

Iceland Ring Road Trip Þingvellir National Park

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

It’s sunny again!

Paris in Boston Iceland

But not for too long.

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Paris in Boston Iceland

Iceland Ring Road Trip driving unique landscape

After our epic road trip, we’re back in Reykjavík and visiting The Pearl to see some amazing panoramic views of the city!

Iceland Reykjavík The Pearl

I hope you enjoyed taking this scenic route around Iceland! I tried to mention the general direction we were headed as this post was mainly about the sights seen while driving in Iceland.

I’ll write more about many of these destinations in future posts, but even just driving around Iceland can be a fulfilling holiday. What do you think, does this give you a glimpse of the various landscapes Iceland has to offer? Thanks for reading!

Merci!