Ring Road Tours | Guide to Iceland

Ring Road Tours
Iceland's Ring Road, known otherwise as Route 1, circles the entire island, making it perfect for eager travellers looking to see all of the country's regions. See this selection of tours and grab your chance to experience the many wild adventures found along Iceland’s Ring Road.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to travel the Ring Road during the winter?

Yes, the Ring Road is a tarmac road and thus is open for travel all year-round. Depending on what time of year you visit Iceland, you will experience a different set of sights and attractions. Self-drive tours are an excellent way to explore Iceland, without all the stress and hassle of arranging every detail of your trip. Both winter and summer self-drive tours and vacation packages are available. On these road trips, ring road itineraries will be created for you and you will have a dedicated travel agent on call should you need any support during your stay. Please remember in an emergency to always call 112.

Do I need a 4x4 vehicle to travel the Ring Road in Iceland?

It is possible to drive all cars on the Ring Road, from small rental cars to larger transport, such as 4x4s or buses. Please be aware that while 2WD vehicles will suffice in the summer, it is highly recommended to drive a 4x4 during the winter months.

What is the speed limit on the Ring Road?

The maximum speed for cars travelling along the Ring Road is 90 km/hour (55 miles/hour). There are places along the route, however, where the speed limit is lower. Please note speed limit signs along the route and drive to road conditions.

Are all of Iceland’s natural attractions found along the Ring Road?

No, not all of the attractions can be found along the Ring Road. Many can be, however, and to reach the others, you will take diversions as stipulated by signposts or your GPS, google maps or paper map.

How long does it take to drive around the Ring Road in full?

Theoretically, it is possible to drive the Ring Road in 15-17 hours, though this doesn’t take into account stopping at all the fantastic attractions en route. With that in mind, it is recommended to spend one to two weeks on the Ring Road.

Which is the best direction to travel around the Ring Road?

The decision is entirely up to you! If you choose to head counter-clockwise from the capital, Reykjavík, you will experience the South Coast first, followed swiftly by the Eastfjords and then the North. Finally, you will follow the road into West Iceland and finally back into the Reykjavík.

What major towns and cities does the Ring Road pass through?

Naturally, the Ring Road passes through Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, as well as the “unofficial capital of the north”, Akureyri. Other settlements en route include Höfn, Hveragerði, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Borgarnes, Selfoss, Egilsstaðir, and Vík. Most of these towns have guided day trips that allow travellers to experience activities such as whale watching, visiting the black sand beach, discovering hot springs, and traversing the golden circle.

Is it possible to camp along the Ring Road?

Yes, though you must stick to designated campsites, many of which can be found in towns and villages by the Ring Road. Note that camping in the wild in Iceland is illegal, and also that many campsites are only open during the summer months.

Are there petrol stations and convenience stores along the Ring Road?

Yes, many of the towns on the route will have a convenience store and petrol station. However, there can be great distances between many of these towns, so forward planning is essential. Make sure you are aware of where each of these important stops is before setting off on your journey.

Should I drive the Ring Road even in bad weather?

Always use your common sense while driving in Iceland, making sure to check out weather reports prior to departing. If the weather is predicted to be stormy or with heavy fog and snowfall, it is recommended to wait until the weather clears before setting off.