We are closing in on 3 weeks until my Icelandic road trip.  In this post I wanted to share my route on the Ring Road.  The drive is going to take me 6 days, 5 nights.  I am starting in Reykjavik and heading counterclockwise towards the southern coast, up the eastern fjords, across the northern part of the country through Akureyri to the Snaefellsnes peninsula on the western coast, and finishing back in Reykjavik.  If you aced geometry in middle school, then you will notice I will be heading in what scholars call a “circle.”  Below is a driving map that has a total drive time of just over 19 hours:

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courtesy of Google Maps

If you have driven the Ring Road before, or know someone who has, then you may be thinking: “That’s just not enough time.”  Well, your right.  In order to see everything Iceland has to offer, one needs much more time.  However, you could say this for just about any country in the world.  Outside of the Ring Road tour, I have a couple days built in to explore Reykjavik and the Golden Circle.  I am debating on whether I need to dip my toes in the famed Blue Lagoon or not.  I have researched that it is quite the touristy experience.

My next trip updates will be some things to consider for a trip in late October and my packing list for the 9-day trip.  If you have followed my travel tips, you know I like to pack lightly for my adventures.  And since I am going during the wettest months, you know I’ll be bringing that rain jacket.

Explore on.

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr

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