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The Ring Road, Iceland

Fast Facts

  • Location:Along the coast of entire Iceland
  • Attraction Type: Road
  • Significance: An 830 mile road covering all major cities along Iceland’s coast
  • Best Time to visit: May to September
  • How to reach: By flight to Reykjavik
  • Nearest International Airport: Reykjavik International Airport

The Ring Road, Iceland enables you to go around Iceland and its main cities. This thrilling route of over 830 miles covers all the coastal cities which incidentally are the more populous ones. This 830 mile stretch is not totally asphalt paved but has rudimentary stretches last done up in the 1940s. In the eastern sector, you would discover stretches of unpaved or gravel roads. The journey is made more interesting by the existence of one lane bridges often made of wood, blind curves, and narrow passes.

This Iceland Ring Road was completed in 1974 after the completion of Skeioara Bridge in southern Iceland. If you start your journey from Reykjavik and move eastwards, you would reach Selfoss, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Akureyri, Blonduos, and Borgarnes in succession before returning to Reykjavik.

Sights along Iceland Ring Road

The first halt, as you travel eastwards from Reykjavik, is Selfross which is famous for its salmon fish. Halt here for a delicious treat of grilled salmon in any of the eateries. The nest Hofn is also famous for its sea food preparations, especially those of prawns and lobsters. At Hofn, you would get an opportunity to explore Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. The Folk Museum in Gamla buo provides a vivid display of the development of folk art in Iceland over the years. The Pakkhusio maritime museum is another remarkable site in Hofn.

Your next port of call on this Ring Road journey is Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland renowned for the northernmost golf course. In Akureyri, never miss out on Kjarnaskogur forest, famous for its ski slopes and flower gardens. Wooden houses with colorful flowers enhance the warm ambiance of this place. Akureyrarkirkja has a stupendous 3200 pipe organ, which you must see. Tthe handicraft museum in Blondous is the only of its kind in Iceland. Savor grilled fish in the eateries of Blondous.

Staying in Reykjavik

You begin and end your Ring Road journey in Iceland at Reykjavik. This capital city has comfortable and elegant places to put up. Among the guesthouses you might choose from Guesthouse Odinn, Butterfly Guesthouse, Kriunes Guesthouse, and Anna’s Guesthouse. In case you prefer staying in a hotel, select among Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Icelandica, Hotel Odinsve, Radisson SAS 1919 Hotel, and Hotel Borg.


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