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What did we do?

We completed the Ring Road circle and also included a detour to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Click on the map above for a day-by-day play-by-play.

What is the Ring Road?

Road 1, otherwise referred to as “Ring Road”, runs all around the island. It is well maintained and has a speed limit of 90km/h (56mph) for the most part. The limit is rediced to 70km/h and further to 50km/h when you encounter a town or, as it is more likely in Iceland, a village.

Do adjust your speed according to Iceland’s extremely volatile weather. Read more about how to safely drive in Iceland here.

A 10-day road trip around Iceland

Iceland

Iceland

When did we go?

We chose the month of March as we wanted to see the Northern Lights yet, possibly, still avoid the high-season crowds.

If you’re going in summer, you’ll have the chance to experience the midnight sun (late May through to July) and enjoy the characteristic Icelandic wildlife, such as the cute puffins and the almighty whales.

In August a bunch of events are held to accommodate everyone’s taste, such as a firework show at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (check Visit Vatnajökull), “Reykjavik Culture Night” (check Visit Reykyavik) and the annual Gay Pride in the capital (check the official website).

What did we bring for the trip?

Knowing that eating out in Iceland could be expensive, we brought some food with us such as instant soups, coffee, tea and protein bars. We have found that coffee and tea were in fact available at every accommodation we stayed in and, moreover, that Icelandic people are fond of their proteins so much so that protein-rich products are sold at a reasonable price everywhere.

This myth of the strong Viking alpha-male really is something here: they sell whey protein powder at petrol stations, just to give you an idea!

In terms of equipment, it was our first trip in a country where you need waterproof and windproof clothing, therefore we headed to Decathlon and purchased a few useful items, including a highly-recommended Quechua stainless steel tumbler.

Check what we’ve packed on our suitcases before heading to Iceland.

What did we buy during the trip?

We bought the necessary provisions at grocery stores (Bonus, Kronan, Netto) and tried a couple of bakeries (Brauð&Co. in Reykjavik and Kristjáns bakarí in Akureyri). When in the capital, we also tried the famous Icelandic hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur and rye bread ice cream at Kaffi Loki.

You can also find free fresh coffee and a bite to eat at most petrol stations around the country.

Read more about what to eat in Iceland on a budget here.

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