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Route 1-Ring Road

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Route 1-Ring Road is the main highway in Iceland.


Route 1, also known as the Ring Road, is the major highway in Iceland connecting most of the towns, including Reykjavík, the capital and only city. It is 830 miles long (1330 km) and goes through the fjords, mountains, plateaus and flat land. Because Route 1 is the only road connecting east to west in Iceland, travelers should take precautions when crossing the country. The road is not yet completely paved with occasional gravel sections from Egilsstaðir to Djúpivogur. Akureyri to Egilsstaðir is regarded as the most remote part of the Ring Road and commonly closed at times in winter. The roads are in good condition so getting around the country safely is an easy task in the summer time.

Route 1- Ring Road with cities (black dots) and national parks/lakes (purple dots)
  1. Reykjavík
  2. Ísafjörður
  3. Blönduós
  4. Akureyri
  5. Húsavík
  6. Egilsstaðir
  7. Hornafjörður
  8. Vík
  9. Vestmannaeyjar
  10. Selfoss
National Parks/Lakes
  1. Blue Lagoon
  2. Þingvellir
  3. Gullfoss and Geysir
  4. Myvatn
  5. Dettifoss
  6. Jökulsarlon
  7. Skaftafell National Park


There are many videos on YouTube that can prepare you well for a road trip around Iceland. If you're too lazy to watch them, just know this: whenever you come upon something unexpected, slow down. Or maybe even stop.

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Stay safe[edit]

Map stops are located around the country (see photo) to assist tourists with nearby landmarks and local maps. Information about road signs, current traffic conditions, and a detailed road map can be found at the Iceland Traffic Council [1].

If you plan on driving outside the Route 1-Ring Road be sure to know what you are doing. Using under-equipped cars on bad roads can turn ugly very fast.

A map stop on the ring road
  • Highway Emergency: 112
  • Road conditions: +354 563-1500
  • Search and Rescue: +354 570-5900

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