Ring Road Guide - The Short Version

Driving the ring road was one of the coolest travel experiences I have ever done. Iceland has a unique accessibility to nature that I think is hard to find in the rest of the world. 

That being said, planning for Iceland is overwhelming. There are a million things to see in Iceland so it is so hard to pick and choose what you want to see and what you can skip. That's where I come in... 

Below is an extremely brief overview of the route I took. Think of it as an outline. This guide only has what I saw each day so you can begin to understand how much you can fit into each day and where you want to break up the trip.

I have written a super in-depth guide that I suggest if you are driving the ring road. The guide is completely FREE and available to anyone apart of my travel tribe, aka exclusive content for wanderlusters. The guide includes SO MUCH MORE info. In it you can find:

  • Daily mileage totals

  • Total driving hours

  • The best Instagram stops

  • Budget breakdown

  • How long I spent at each stop

  • Maps to all the hot pots I visited (they are extremely hard to find!)

  • and so much more....

I know, you probably did a quick scroll of this one and are thinking this guide already looks pretty long, how can it get longer? It can get way longer. WAY longer. Regardless, here is the outline.

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

I wouldn't suggest driving the ring road in any less than 7 days. It took me 9 1/2 to see scratch the surface. On the trip I met a couple of people who were driving the road in 3-4 WEEKS and still felt like they were missing some sights. Iceland packs a lot into a small country. 

Day 1

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 3

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

You may have noticed day two was missing. My route included Snæfellsnes Peninsula on day two. I only recommend driving Snæfellsnes Peninsula if you are exploring the ring road for more than 7 days. If you aren't you simply don't have enough time to make a complete circle around the Island. 

Day 4

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 5

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 3 and Day 5 include some sights that are harder to find. My in-depth guide for my Travel Tribers has tons of maps in it to help you find your way.

Day 6

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 8

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 7

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

Day 9

A map to help you plan a trip to Iceland.

If you are renting a camper van I suggest taking a look at this other huge article that will answer all the questions you may have.  

Lastly, if you are only doing Iceland in 3 or 4 days don't worry - I have a guide for that also. You can find it here. 

I hope this short(er) guide gave you a nice overview of some of the main things you can't miss while in Iceland. I know I have linked to it a million times but if you are going to Iceland I highly suggest getting my In-Depth Iceland Travel Guide. I worked a long time on it and it includes so much more free information. Iceland is awesome and you should make the most of your time in this fantastic country.

Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Iceland along with you. Here are some of the best travel guide books I recommend...

One of the most common questions I get: What is the best camera for travel photography? I personally love my Nikon D5600. I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens (for Nikon) which I am genuinely obsessed with.

Read on: Full list of travel gear I use on every trip

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com).

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If you want the most in-depth guide to help you plan the best trip to Iceland you should read this asap.

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