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The Ultimate Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

Iceland's Ring Road, or Route 1, is a 1,332-kilometer (828-mile) highway that encircles the entire country, connecting its major towns and offering access to some of the most stunning landscapes and attractions. This ultimate Ring Road itinerary will guide you through an unforgettable journey, showcasing Iceland's natural beauty and unique attractions along the way.

Day 1: Reykjavík to Vik

  • Start your journey in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. Take some time to explore its vibrant culture, famous landmarks, and diverse dining scene before setting off on your adventure.

  • First stop: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a majestic 60-meter (197-foot) cascade where you can walk behind the waterfall for a unique perspective.

  • Next, visit Skógafoss waterfall, another impressive cascade with a 60-meter drop and a picturesque setting.

  • Continue to the town of Vík, where you can explore its black sand beaches, such as Reynisfjara, and admire the basalt sea stacks known as Reynisdrangar.

Day 2: Vík to Höfn

  • Start your day by visiting Fjaðrárgljúfur, a stunning canyon with dramatic cliffs and lush greenery.

  • Explore Skaftafell, a nature reserve within Vatnajökull National Park, where you can hike to the impressive Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by basalt columns.

  • Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you can take a boat tour among the floating icebergs or simply enjoy the view from the shore.

  • Finish your day in Höfn, a charming coastal town known for its delicious langoustines.

Day 3: Höfn to Egilsstaðir

  • Drive along the East Fjords, a scenic route with dramatic coastlines, quaint fishing villages, and rugged mountains.

  • Stop in the charming village of Djúpivogur, where you can visit the unique outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, or explore the local art scene.

  • Continue to the town of Egilsstaðir, the largest town in eastern Iceland, and spend the evening exploring its surroundings or relaxing in one of its geothermal pools.

Day 4: Egilsstaðir to Akureyri

  • Start your day by visiting the Húsavík Whale Museum, where you can learn about these magnificent creatures before embarking on a whale watching tour in the "Whale Capital of Iceland."

  • Next, head to Lake Mývatn, a geothermal wonderland with diverse landscapes, such as volcanic craters, lava fields, and hot springs.

  • Explore the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can soak in the geothermal waters while enjoying the stunning views.

  • End your day in Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city, known for its vibrant arts and culture scene and charming architecture.

Day 5: Akureyri to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Begin your day by visiting Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls, featuring a 12-meter (39-foot) drop and a horseshoe-shaped canyon.

  • Drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region known for its diverse landscapes and stunning natural beauty.

  • Explore the charming coastal village of Stykkishólmur and visit its colorful harbor and charming old town.

  • End your day by visiting Kirkjufell, an iconic mountain with a unique shape, and its neighboring waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss.

Day 6: Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Reykjavík

  • Start your day by exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier and an array of unique geological features.

  • Visit the picturesque black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur and admire the rugged coastline and surrounding lava formations.

  • Head to the charming fishing village of Arnarstapi, where you can take a scenic walk along the coastal cliffs and spot unique basalt formations, such as Gatklettur Arch.

  • Continue to the historic town of Borgarnes, where you can visit the Settlement Center to learn more about Iceland's Viking history.

  • End your journey back in Reykjavík, where you can relax and reflect on your unforgettable Ring Road adventure.


This ultimate Iceland Ring Road itinerary showcases the diverse and stunning landscapes, attractions, and culture that the country has to offer. From breathtaking waterfalls, glaciers, and geothermal areas to charming towns and villages, your journey around the Ring Road will be an unforgettable experience.


1. How long does it take to drive the entire Ring Road?

Although it is possible to complete the drive in as little as a week, it is recommended to take at least 10-14 days to fully experience all the attractions and landscapes that the route has to offer.

2. What is the best time of year to travel the Ring Road?

The best time to travel the Ring Road is during the summer months (June to August), when the weather is milder and the days are longer. However, the shoulder seasons (May and September) can also be a great time to visit, with fewer crowds and lower prices.

3. Are there any safety concerns when driving the Ring Road?

Driving the Ring Road is generally safe, but it is important to be aware of changing weather conditions, narrow roads, and gravel sections. Always check the road conditions and weather forecast before setting off each day, and drive at a safe speed.

4. What type of vehicle is recommended for driving the Ring Road?

A standard 2WD vehicle is suitable for driving the Ring Road during the summer months when road conditions are generally good. However, a 4WD vehicle is recommended during the winter months and for those planning to venture off the main route onto F-roads or other highland tracks.

5. Are there accommodations and services available along the Ring Road?

Yes, there are various accommodations and services available along the Ring Road, including hotels, guesthouses, hostels, campsites, restaurants, and petrol stations. It is recommended to book accommodations in advance, especially during the peak summer season.

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