The Verdict Is Out: This Is The Most Stunning Road Trip In The World You Can Take In This Lifetime

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What's the road trip of your dreams? Maybe to drive along long coastlines, surreal black beaches, majestic waterfalls, glaciers, active volcanoes, icy caves and some of the longest tunnels?

Route 1 or the Ring Road of Iceland can be the most surreal route for a road trip on the entire world map. The roads promise you everything you ever wanted to see in your rear view mirror.

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Interestingly, the road trip not only allows you to sit inside your vehicle and click incredible photographs but also takes you to some of the most stunning hiking spots and landscapes screaming to be explored.

Here's a list of some of the most incredible stopovers on this route, that will give you a quick overview of the Ring Road of Iceland.

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Your self-driven expedition can start from Reykjavik airport or Keflavik Airport.

Reykjavik is also the beautiful capital city of this country and the international airport is 50km from the city.

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland in the south-western end of the country.

Photo of Keflavik International Airport, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

51 kms away from Reykjavik, Arborg is the spot for the start of this incredible road trip. The first magical stopover is Seljalandsfoss falls. A short hike would take you to behind the waterfall and it's just the beginning for the surreal experience on this road trip ahead.

Photo of Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

30 km ahead of Seljalandsfoss falls, the next sight that would strengthen your faith in this outworldly spot on Earth is Skógafoss.

This 200ft high waterfall has also been a site for popular movies like Thor, The Dark World, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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Photo of Skógafoss, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

On the Icelandic Ring Road, it's impossible to stay inside the closed doors of your vehicle. The short hikes at various stopovers would make you explore the dreamy landscape surrounding you. 13 kms from Seljalandsfoss falls is Sólheimajökull Glacier, where you can take a walk on the glacier, explore the deep crevasses and ridges.

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Next on this gorgeous route is the coastal town of Vik at a distance of 32 kms from Sólheimajökull Glacier. This small village is located on the southernmost tip of Iceland and the black sand beach is one of the most unusual and stunning beaches around the world.

Image Credits: Andrés Nieto Porras

Photo of Vik, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Not even halfway around the country and you see the blue floating icebergs.

Isn't that how you first pictured the lovely Iceland? At a distance of almost 200kms from Vik is the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon where you'd first witness the much awaited sight at the seashore.

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Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Welcome to your next stopover that's a paradise for photographers to say the least.

Vatnajökull glacier that's famous for it's ice cave tour and for photographers on a look out for breathtaking landscapes these crystal ice caves make hands down the best natural setup.

Photo of Vatnajokull, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Connected by Route 1, a road the circles around Iceland, Höfn is the harbor town in the southeastern part of the country. It also offers a scenic view of the Vatnajökull glacier on one side and long shorelines and beaches on the other.

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Photo of Höfn, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

The dramatic change in the landscape begins around East Fjords.

That's where you'd discover the true joy of driving around the Icelandic roads. This drive is from Hofn to Egilsstaðir via Djúpivogur with steep cliffs surrounding you on all sides and sheep and reindeers grazing all around the route.

Photo of Egilsstaðir, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Let's now talk about the most sought after experience while driving on on Route 1.

Your hunt for the northern light ends here and on a drive along this circuit you'd witness nights with strong aurora activity and breathtakingly clear skies on most of the days.

Image Credits: David Phan

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170 km from Egilsstaðir, Myvatn nature baths is a region with highly delicate ecosystem. The tourist activity in Myvatn has been limited smartly to designated pool of geothermal water with steam rising up to make it a mystical experience for everyone.

Photo of Mývatn, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

In the highlands of Northern Iceland, near Myvatn the geothermal activity in the Námafjall Hverir geothermal area makes it the best site to see some solfataras and boiling mud pots.

Image Credits: Stig Nygaard

Photo of Námafjall, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Spend a night at the second largest city of Iceland, Akureyri and the city is also known as the capital of North Iceland. Surrounded by mountains and a coastal strip of land, this town surprisingly has a more inland climate than coastal. While in Akureyri you can go for activities like whale watching and see the volcanos around the area.

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Photo of Akureyri, Iceland by Disha Kapkoti

Here you are at the western end of the majestic country at Snæfellsnes Peninsulah. It has been aptly named the Iceland in Miniature. It's the part of the country where you'd find the stunning Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and Snæfellsjökull volcano. Snæfellsjökull is known to be the setting if the famous novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Image Credits: Ævar Guðmundsson

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Your final drive along the western peninsula for the next 150 kms will take you back to the capital city of Reykjavík. It takes almost 7 days to complete this road trip on Route 1 and yes, these might just be the best 7 days of your entire life.

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how many days is this...m planning something in December...m already getting cold feet
Thu 08 25 16, 02:37 · Reply · Report
is it d same road that is shown in the movie..."The secret life of walter mitty"....??
Wed 06 15 16, 12:59 · Reply · Report
I have done this last month, It was an awesome experience PS : I went with my friend who's Icelandic, he took me to the place where not accessible by normal tourist, will be going there again on September and January.
Fri 06 10 16, 23:17 · Reply · Report
Did u do this?
Thu 06 09 16, 23:49 · Reply · Report
Great Post! what is the best time to do this? and how many days would your recommend? I drove all around Alaska and loved that trip - your pictures seem to be even more fascinating!
Thu 06 09 16, 17:04 · Reply · Report