Routes in Iceland

Iceland is a vast and sparsely populated island and many of the most exciting attractions can only be reached by your own car. We have handpicked online guides and information about some of the most famous routes in Iceland, including route 1, the ring road which goes around the whole island, and the Golden Circle which takes you to some of Iceland’s most famous attractions. So why wait? Go explore!

 

Route 1: The Ring Road

5 – 10 days

Highway 1 is the main highway in Iceland. It goes in a big circle around the Island, a total length of 1339 km or 832 miles – and an amazing scenery all the way. The road goes through some extreme landscape and wasn’t finished until 1974. Ever since then it has been a popular route for tourists as many of the wonders of Iceland are within short distance from the road. You will pass, Arkanas, borganas, Snaelfanes peninsula, Akureyri, Myvatn, Egilsstadar, Jokolsallon, Vik, Hvergardi and grindavik. Start your trip with the

Gold circle: From Thingveller the road winds towards Gullfoss and Gyseir. A truly unforgettable 250kms loop, that will kick start your journey of discovery.

Stay warm with the true Icelandic collections of 66 North, Icewear and Cintamani. Make sure to try the wonderful culinary delights of the icelandic cuisine in the many fancy restaurants along the main shopping strip of laugavegar and beyond, that hand pick the veges to bring color, art and flavour to every plate. Try the unique cod fish, minke whale, lamb meat and lobster soups.

 

Ten must do:

The inside the volcano tour

The inside the glacier tour

The inside the cave tour

The saga brewery tour

The horse and dinner show

Paraglide along the coast of the pennisula, for the more adventurous

A volcanic ATV tour

A glacier hike on our many glaciers guided by expert guides

Try the dry fish and rotten shark

Try the icelandic Brennivan, a truly unique strong spirit made from liquorice roots

 

Route 2 : The legendary Golden Circle

Day trip from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle is Iceland´s most famous tourist route and was already popular among the European upper class in the 19th century. Roads have improved a little since then, so now you can explore some of the most famous wonders of Icelandic nature in a day trip from Reykjavik.

Leaving Reykjavik towards Mosesferby, you take the turn to Thingveller, the unique national park home to the tectonic plates of the Euro and the Americas, where you can walk in the foot steps of the vikings and discover the world’s oldest parliament  established in year 930.  You can also be adventurous and snorkel or dive in the waters and discover the tectonic plates from down below. a magical prospectus of blues and grey. It will expand your sensory organs and explode your mind.

The top 3 attractions that the route takes you to include Thingvellir, Gullfoss, one of Iceland´s largest and most powerful waterfalls, and Geysir, the one and only original geyser which all others take their name from.

 

Route 3: The famous silica waters of the Blue Lagoon

Day trip from Reykjavik

A part day tour to the Blue Lagoon is an excellent choice. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland‘s most unique and popular attraction located only 40 minutes from Reykjavík and 20 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Guests energize in natural geothermal seawater known for healing power and active ingredients, minerals, silica and algae. The lagoon holds six million liters of water which are renewed every 40 hours. In addition to relaxing in the lagoon, guests have access to steambaths and sauna. In-water massage and spa treatments are also available.

 

Route 4: South Coast to Vik

Day trip from Reykjavik

Hike to the Hidden treasure of hot river valley ( reykjadalur) in Hverigerdi, then head to snaellnousfoss and seltenousfoss and to Vik, the land of the volcanic black sand beach.

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