Popular stops along Iceland’s Ring Road
Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Not far from Route 1, precisely on the west side of Reykjavik, is the Snaefellsness peninsula. It’s easy to spend a few days exploring this region, which has Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls. In the town of Stykkishólmur, you can find the Volcano Museum, a port filled with ships, and the Sugandisey Island Lighthouse.
Myvatn Geothermal Area: During the 5-hour drive from Reykjavik to Myvatn, you can witness wildlife and glacial views while stopping by in the ancient countryside. Even though the trip is quite long, everything will pay off when you arrive at the Myvatn Geothermal Area. Tourists generally set up camp here for several days, because there are also other popular attractions such as Lake Myvatn, the Hverir boiling mud pit, and the Hverfjall volcano. You can also see lava fields and soak in the cave of the hot springs of Stóragja. The Sigugeir Bird Museum is also a popular stop.
Jökulsárlón Iceberg Laguna: Following a 5-6 hour trip around the northeast coast of Iceland, tourists will head to Jokkárlón Iceberg Laguna on the edge of the Vatnajökull National Park. Plan your own trip on the black sand beaches and Icelandic wildlife, or book a boat tour and float through 1,000-year-old icebergs!
Vatnajökull Glacier: The largest ice peak in Iceland is located in the middle of Vatnajökull National Park. Take a tour to see the country’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, and learn that glaciers actually exist in some active volcanoes!
Eldhraun lava field: Created by an eruption that lasted for almost a year, the Eldhraun lava field is the largest lava field of its kind in the world. This area covers more than 350,000 square meters of land and contains dozens of lava tubes that can be explored.
Sólheimajökull Glacier: The next stop is a beautiful scenic area, and you can also hire a guide to climb Sólheimajökull glacier.
Skógafoss Waterfall: Prepare to walk around 400 steps to enjoy this beauty. This ascent will be worth it because Skógafoss Waterfall is one of the most beautiful in Iceland with a width of more than 24 meters and a height of 60 meters. On a clear day, you will see a rainbow adorning the waterfall, giving you the perfect view!
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall: This super large waterfall can be seen from Ring Road, but true adventurers will definitely want to watch it up close. This natural wonder spills water on the cliff from a height of more than 97 meters. Walk 10 minutes north to see Gljúfrabúi, another waterfall that is no less amazing.
Reynisfjara Beach: End your Iceland trip on the Reynisfjara Beach, a black sand beach with unique rock formations. This beach is on the south side of the island and is 2.5 hours from Reykjavik.
Northern Lights: The best part of a road trip is the fresh air and clear sky. The beautiful Northern Lights of Iceland can usually be seen from August to mid-April, but the best light shows take place from September to March.