If you want to really explore Iceland, rent a vehicle and plan a road trip along Route 1, affectionately known to locals as the Ring Road. This 1330 km road loops around the entire island passing verdant canyons, massive glaciers, fields of lupines, natural hot springs and so many waterfalls that you eventually quit counting. The Ring Road is the best way to get around the country, but you’ll also want to plan some detours off the main road. There’s much to appreciate in small communities and wilderness areas that lie off the main road.
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Circumnavigating Iceland by Car
If you only have a few days, stick with the Golden Circle, a 300 km loop that covers some of the most popular tourist sites in southern Iceland near the capital city, Reykjavík. But if you’re fortunate to have more time, you should rent a car and travel further.
Useful Gear: You can rent towels at Mývatn Nature Baths and the Blue Lagoon, but sometimes it’s nice to bring your own. I always travel with a microfiber towel. On this trip, it came in handy at some of the outdoor natural hot springs we came across. You have to bring your own towel at a natural spring. This one is nice and soft, antibacterial and it dries super fast. It’s perfect for traveling and its a good workout or hiking towel too.
I was wondering the approx cost and what kind of accommodation is available. Would love to do this.
Thanks for reaching out! Iceland is expensive and we traveled in July which is the peak season and the most expensive time to go. The car rental was about $1000 for two weeks. I booked it on a sale with auto europe, which had the best rates I could find. For accommodations, we booked apartments, B&Bs and homestays. Those were way less costly than hotels and they often included breakfast or a kitchen so we could save money on food. We found a lot of our accommodations on Booking.com and we used airbnb once as well. You could do some checking on booking.com on the dates you were thinking of traveling and see what kind of prices you get. I always check past reviews for B&Bs and homestays and that has served me well. There are some other good tips in the article, but I’d be happy to offer more advice anytime.