When you are doing your research for your journey around Iceland, you have encountered the name “The Ring road” quite often. So what is the Ring road aka Route nr:1 aka road nr:1? Well, the short version is: It’s our “highway” that goes around the island. Easy as that!
The more detailed version is: It’s a paved road (most of the time) that goes around the greater part of Iceland, 1,332km/ (828 miles). It misses most of the fjords in East Iceland, does not include any parts of the northeast nor any of the peninsulas in the north. No part of the Ring road passes the Westfjords and Snæfellsnes peninsula is also excluded from the Ring road and maybe a third of the Golden circle is part of the Ring road.
The Ring road
So when you have decided to drive the whole Ring road, which way should you choose? Going straight north or starting with the south part? Well, you should let the weather decide for you. If it’s raining/snowing in the north, go south!
If you decide to take the northern route first, you just drive straight out of Reykjavik in an easterly direction. You don’t even have to turn until you get to Borgarnes. By that time, you have already driven an hour of the Ring road. There are not many turns at all on the Ring road. When you reach lake Mývatn, it doesn’t matter if you choose the southern or northern route but the southern route is much more picturesque. The north road is the part of the Ring road.
If you choose to only drive on the Ring road, you will miss out a lot of fantastic places. There are a few iconic places you will see if you only stick to the Ring road like a few black sand beaches and a few of our great waterfalls we have here but we do suggest you do you research, find out what you want to see or experience. If you have any questions, you can always mail our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away. Life is only the adventure you want it to be in Iceland!
Camping along the Ring road
You will not have a problem finding campsites along the road nr:1. There are plenty of campsites around Iceland, Your problem is to choose!
Camping in Iceland might just be the safest place on earth to camp. Same goes for all the campsites along the Ring road. If you choose to come here during winter to camp in a camper van rental, you can safely do that too but then we do suggest you stay at any of the all year around campsites we have here, just to minimize the risk of getting snowed in in case you haven’t kept yourself up to date with the weather forecast.
To make sure you are up to date, we suggest you install these travel apps, especially the weather one and the safety app when traveling off season here.
Read more: Open all year around campgrounds in Iceland
When venturing off the Ring road, you might want to try to camp in and around famous movie locations. You can find all the information you need in our blog post Camp like a boss. Why not recreate your own Hollywood movie while you are at it! 🙂
After this blog post was written, the latest Fast and the Furious has been added to famous movie locations here but that took place in the middle of the winter on Lake Mývatn so you can camp around the lake instead. There are several campsites to choose from.
Speed limits on the Ring road
As Route nr:1 (ring road) goes through villages and towns, the speed limits vary from the lowest to the highest limits. You have to follow the road signs to know what the limits are. This is what the Road Traffic Dictorate of Iceland say:
Gas stations on the Ring road
Bridges on the Ring road
Animals on the Ring road
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