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Iceland’s Route 1 is also known as Ring Road, or in Icelandic: Þjóðvegur 1. It is 821 miles (1,322km) long and circles around the island connecting Iceland’s biggest cities and many attractions outside the Reykjavik area and the Golden Circle.
The road is fully paved and 2 lanes wide (=one lane in each direction) for almost its entire length. The speed limit is typically 90 km/h (55 mph) and there are several tunnels with a length of up to 4.6 miles (7.4km). The Ring Road is open year-round, but some areas may get periodically closed after heavy snow fall.
For more detailed information incl. links to google maps locations, more photos, reviews, website links, etc., check out our Iceland Highlights Purple Guide.
Some of these areas are very rural and gas stations can be far in-between and may close early. So, make sure that you always start your day with a full tank of gas and read our advice about driving and gassing up in Iceland.
The Ring Road can be experienced in as little as 6 or 7 days, but our recommendation is to take it slower so that you can actually enjoy the sights you are seeing.
The itinerary below is an 11 day self-driving itinerary for Iceland’s Ring Road, which includes Iceland’s Diamond Circle.
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Our Iceland Travel Guide has detailed information about the individual destinations, links to their locations in google maps, reviews and websites (if available).
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Click here to go to Day 1 of your Iceland Ring Road tour.
Arrive at KEF airport and drive to your hotel in Skagafjörður; optional stop at Icelandic Seal Center
Grjótagjá Cave; climb up Hverfell; Explore Dimmuborgir; hike up Vindbelgjarfjall; swim at Mývatn Nature Baths
Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park at Skaftafell,
Scenic Green Lava Walk; Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon that was shown in the Justin Bieber “I'll Show You” video
Fly home (alternatively, you can explore the Highlands today and leave on Sunday)