How To Travel The Ring Road In 7 Days

It’s hard to believe that exactly one year ago today, we were IN Iceland on our honeymoon – and now we LIVE here. I’m still pinching myself. On the regular I say out loud in joyous exclamation, “I LOVE OUR LIFE HERE!” any time of the day the mood strikes me. It could be as I’m drinking coffee in the morning or as we are driving home from work…nothing special, just enjoying the day-to-day. I don’t think that will ever get old 🙂

When we decided on Iceland as our honeymoon destination, we got a lot of the same reactions from people, “Iceland?! How did you pick THAT?!” (Identical responses when we decided to move here, but I will save that for another post.) You see, we are not beach people. We met on an outdoor adventure trip! So naturally we are drawn to anything that involves being outside and active. Originally we had our sights set on Scandinavia. Since I have Norwegian ancestry, I have always wanted to visit the beautiful fjörds and see where my great-great-grandparents roamed. While Norway is still very high on my bucket list, when we started looking at pictures of Iceland, I couldn’t believe my eyes. How does one country have so many diverse landscapes?! And the adventure tours they offer are unbelievable! AND you can do a self guided tour at your own pace around the entire country?! Count me in.

Thats right. The Ring Road, or Route 1, is the road the encircles the entire country. Many of the most popular tourist attractions are on or near the road, making it easy to see what you want to see and spend as much time as you would like at each stop. Most of the guided tours of the ring road are 10 days, so I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to fit everything in in the seven days we had available. When we started mapping out the places we wanted to stop, we realized we could do it, but we wouldn’t be able to spend a lot of time at each place.  Thanks to advice on forums such as Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, we determined we would rather see more of the country than spend more time in each place.

Let me go ahead and break the suspense and tell you that IT. WAS. SO. WORTH. IT.
While there were things we didn’t get to see, we both agreed that the self guided road trip was a great fit for us.

Here’s a full recap of our 7 days on the Ring Road in Iceland – for our honeymoon!


Day 1

IcelandAir flights land at 6am and since you lose 6 hours of sleep from the time zone change, this calls for a big cup of coffee. I’m talking I need a triple-shot-venti-style if I’m going to get through this day that we have packed full of adventure. When I stopped at the one and only coffee stand in the airport, I said, “I’ll have the biggest coffee you have” and to my dismay, was handed the smallest cup I had ever seen a coffee shop serve. It would maybe compare to a tall at Starbucks. Wondering what this tiny cup could ever do for my jet lag. I quickly realized that Icelanders don’t mess around with watered down humongous coffees, they get right down to business. This tiny cup of awesomeness turned out to be a double strength java that totally changed the way I think about drinking coffee. (I later learned that coffee drinking is a savored activity in Iceland, and most people don’t order their coffee to go, but rather take time to sit down and enjoy their cup of Joe.)

Thankfully the Keflavík International Airport is one of the smallest and fastest airports to get through. A stop at duty free is a must, since alcohol in Iceland is regulated by the government and is very expensive to buy elsewhere. We head to the rental car pick-up which is by far the most popular spot in the whole airport. Wanting to live out the Walter Mitty dream, I hope our car is either “a blue one or a red one” (honestly you would not believe how many little red cars are driving around Iceland! Each time we saw one we said “Walter Mitty dream!”) We ended up with a Kia Ceed, which we became quite fond of.


As we are standing in the long rental car line, trying to keep our eyes open while calculating in our head what time it was back home, we decide to change plans and treat ourselves to the wonderful mineral rich geothermal spa waters of the  Blue Lagoon. Yeah, yeah, touristy I know…but this is our honeymoon! Tourists aside, it felt AMAZING after a long overnight flight.


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After we were silica-masked up and rejuvenated, we headed into Reykjavik to explore. Laugavegur is the main street in the city, and is filled with many cute shops and restaurants. We stayed at the Backpackers hostel which was really nice and convenient to walk much of the city. First stop, ice cream. Naturally before we left I researched the best place to get ice cream in Reykjavik, and Valdís definitely held up to its hype.  We wandered around the harbor and marveled at the charming city.


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For our anniversary dinner, we had reservations at the Fish Market. This. place. was. amazing. If you are in Reykjavik looking for delicious cuisine, I highly recommend it. For an appetizer our server suggested raw whale, which was like pure heaven in my mouth. (Don’t get all PETA up in arms, whaling is a big part of Icelandic culture and industry!) For our entrees, Bobby had the famous Icelandic lamb, and I had salted cod which were both deliciously prepared. Also because our server was so awesome and knew we were celebrating our honeymoon, he brought out a huge dessert sampler platter – I swear we were treated like royalty!

Day 2

I knew we had a big day of exploring ahead of us, so we woke up early to get some breakfast before we got on the road. Like other things in Iceland, it is not common for places to be open much before 10am. And to get a hot breakfast early in the morning? No chance. Thankfully wedrove past this cafe in the harbor that had meat croissants and coffee.  Small coffee, always a small coffee.

We started off with the traditional Golden Circle route. The drive through the GC and Thingvellir is supposed to be beautiful, but unfortunately we had rainy and foggy weather, so we just headed for our first stop: Gullfoss. In Icelandic this translates into “golden falls” and was a stunning sight. It is a massive amount of water and falls into an impressive gorge. Geysir is another popular stop that is along the golden circle, which I didn’t get too excited about. It was neat to see, but I could have lived without it.Iceland Travel Adventures - How To Drive The Ring Road In 7 Days


Seljalandsfoss was our next stop so by now I’m really excited because A) we are finally on the ring road and B) I love waterfalls! It was so funny because we are driving the Southern coast of Iceland and already in awe of its beauty when we see this big waterfall in the distance. Now there are a lot of waterfalls on this drive, but this one is bigger! So I’m telling Bobby to look at it and tourist-crazy that I am, I start taking pictures OF the waterfall, FROM the car! Then I realize that waterfall is our next stop (blonde moment).

“Iceland is amazing like that. You don’t have to drive out of your way or pay some fee to get into the attraction…the landscape IS the attraction. “

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The unique thing about this waterfall is you can walk behind it! Just make sure you have your rain gear on and bring a wide angle lens for your camera because it’s way bigger than it looks when you walk behind it.

Walk behind a waterfall! Selljalandsfoss, South Iceland - How To Travel The Ring Road In 7 Days

The view from behind Seljalandsfoss
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This was the emotion on my face during most of our trip. Pure awe.

After lots of photo taking, we drove down the road for the next stop: a pool at the base of a glacier naturally filled with hot spring water. What. Is this country real life?!

The pool is slightly hidden – over a stream and in a valley – which requires a short 30 minute walk to get to. It was still raining and the wind had picked up, so a swim in this warm water in the middle of the mountains was welcomed and surreal. This pool is a little off the beaten path, so we were literally the only ones there for most of the time!

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Reynisdrangar black sand beach in South Iceland - How To Travel The Ring Road In 7 Days | Life With a ViewReynisdrangar black sand beach

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Looking out at the world with your best friend. South Iceland - How To Travel The Ring Road In 7 Days | Life With a ViewThe view from the top of Dyrholaey – I love this photo!

After the breathtaking views, we get in the car and continue East to Skaftafell National Park. One good thing about driving the ring road is being able to see SO many incredible views around the country. I swear every turn was more beautiful than the last! There are a lot of stand alone houses in the middle of nowhere – usually at the base of a waterfall and they probably eat what they grow. Awesome.

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Another thing we have noticed by now is that there are sheep EVERYWHERE. Fact: sheep outnumber humans in Iceland!

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Note to travelers: Critical on this road trip is a carefully crafted playlist to accompany the exquisite views. Of Monsters and Men is now the soundtrack to our Iceland honeymoon…which is quite fitting since they are from here!

We also noticed that along the drive is the incredibly unique and vibrant moss growing on top of lava. How crazy looking is that?! And it’s REALLY thick and squishy! I felt like we were on another planet.

*DO NOT walk on the moss, it can take years to regrow if it is damaged!*

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Before Kirkjubaejarklaustur and a little off the beaten path is a beautiful gorge called Fjadrargljufur. I’m not making these words up! Not only are their words twice as long as normal words, but they have more consonants than vowels, and include symbols I’ve never seen before! Anyway, its worth the stop, as you can see.

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Just up the road, and keeping with the waterfall theme, we start our hike in search of Svartifoss.  Skaftafell National Park is nestled at the base of the biggest glacier in Europe – Vatnajokull – and the hike in overlooks the ocean for more incredible views. One of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland, Svartifoss or the black waterfall, is unique because it is framed by black lava columns. Fun fact: the black columns were inspiration for Hallgrimskirkja! (the church in Reykjavik, pictured above.)

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Day 4

As if the trip hadn’t been awesome enough already, day 4 was hands down my favorite day. Although it was VERY windy and cold, the sky was sunny and clear for the first time, so we were excited! Our day started at Jokulsarlon – the glacier lagoon. So I’ve been to New Zealand and seen glaciers and done a boat tour through the water, but THIS. PLACE. Words definitely can’t describe, and a picture looks great but still doesn’t even capture its magnificence. There’s a reason we put it on a 40″ canvas above our couch as soon as we got home.

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Although we did take the Amphibian lagoon tour, it wasn’t necessary – our favorite photos were captured on land. Another must-see is the walk down to the ocean across from the lagoon. As the icebergs break off the main glacier, they float around in the lagoon and eventually down the river and out to sea.  Some of the pieces stay ashore on the beach, and make for great photos.

Remember when I was saying that driving the country is a good idea and every turn is something different? Well I felt like I hadn’t seen anything yet when we got to the East coast drive. The Eastern ring road travels right along the ocean and weaves in and out of fjords. There were many times when the narrow two lane road seemed pretty small between a gigantic mountain face and the steep cliff into the ocean. This is another time where pictures honestly can’t do it justice.

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 Obviously we had to stop for a honeymoon selfie…and I had to express my love for this glorious country by doing star jumps!
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That night we stayed in an adorable little guest house in Egilsstadir, which is another one of Iceland’s charming little towns. We walked down the street for dinner and I tried reindeer for the first time and it.was.so.delicious. Reindeer can only be found in the East of Iceland, so if you see Reindeer on the menu, I HIGHLY recommend it!Just as we are heading home we notice how clear the night sky is and decide to look into the northern lights forecast. When the site said “in the next 24 minutes the aurora will be STORM LEVEL” we immediately got in our car and drove to the middle of nowhere.

You guys. The first time I saw the northern lights I thought my heart was going to burst open. It was the most excited I had ever been in my life. We were all alone in the middle of nowhere, it was pitch dark, and these green lights were just POURING down on us and dancing around the whole sky. I was literally running around in the middle of the road, screaming and doing star jumps. It was the most breathtaking and memorable experience I had ever had.

Thankfully Bobby was patient and diligent enough to take some pictures – I couldn’t stop celebrating a lifetime of getting to experience the top of my bucket list!

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Day 5

We had a couple hour drive to Husavik but made a stop at Lake Myvatn along the way. This is where the infamous ice cream picture comes from. We stopped at a gas station and I ordered a chocolate dipped cone and it was the creamiest most delicious ice cream cone I had ever had (that or maybe I was still experiencing euphoria from the night before?!) We drove around Lake Myvatn and also hiked up this inactive volcano dust bowl thing, and honestly I could have left this whole party off the itinerary. (We chose this over Dettifoss which I would recommend instead.) The Myvatn baths are also close, which is a good less touristy alternative to the Blue Lagoon.

When we drove into Husavik I thought I had been transported onto a movie set. This was the most adorable town I had ever seen! On top of that, it was the most beautiful weather day we’d had yet…at one point I was in a tank top! We explored around the harbor, walked through the whale museum, and had enjoyed another Icelandic classic, lamb.

I loved this town with my whole heart. And remember, this is when we decided we could move here 😉

Iceland Travel Adventures - How To Drive The Ring Road In 7 DaysHandstands in Husavik
Iceland Travel Adventures - How To Drive The Ring Road In 7 DaysHusavik harbor

Day 6

We had a whale watching tour scheduled that I was pretty excited for. Unfortunately the whales didn’t cooperate so we only got to see the tail of one whale the whole two hours we were out. Either way, it was a fun experience and I would highly recommend the tour if you are in Husavik.

Back on the ring road, we stop for one more waterfall: Goðafoss.  This waterfall is definitely worth a stop, especially since it’s right off the ring road.

Day 7

Today was our longest drive, but per our research, a must see in Iceland. Snæfellsnes is a peninsula in West Iceland that is known for the stunning coastal drive and iconic sights along the way. I really wish we would have had more time to stop at each place, but we did get to see some very beautiful things.Iceland Travel Adventures - How To Drive The Ring Road In 7 DaysCoastal walk between Hellnar and Arnarstapi

Iceland Travel Adventures - How To Drive The Ring Road In 7 DaysDjupulonsandur

One of Bobby’s favorite places is the cutest cafe that makes a mean latte and homemade waffle. Fjoruhusid is a tiny cafe that is literally built into the ground in Hellnar and is definitely a place to stop.

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We also had a wonderful horseback ride along the south coast of the peninsula through a lava field with Lysuholl, which I would highly recommend!

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On the Snaefellsnes peninsula is yet ANOTHER adorable town – Stykkisholmur. Since we were obsessed with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I knew this was a must see town (if you haven’t seen it yet – watch it! It will definitely make you want to travel to Iceland). There is something that I love about lighthouses…especially when they are framed by a rainbow?! I know what you’re thinking, this places just keeps getting better!

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Sadly, we started heading back to Reykjavik so fulfilled from our amazing week, yet wanting more. We honestly were already talking about what we wanted to do on our next trip to Iceland. Considering we both have done quite a bit of traveling with an insatiable wanderlust, this is a bold statement. Iceland is the first place that we both wanted to go back to before we went somewhere else. I felt a deep connection with this country that is hard to put into words. Maybe it’s the perseverance of the viking heritage. Maybe it’s the dedication to sustainable energy. Maybe it’s the purely stunning and untouched nature. Maybe its the genuinely happy Icelanders. Maybe its just a perfect combination of it all.

To me, Iceland was always meant to be. Everything that happened up to this point in my life has lead me here.

And people wonder why we moved to Iceland. Next time someone asks me why, I’ll simply direct them to this post.

Question: Is there a place you loved so much you considered moving to?





To see the rest of our Iceland honeymoon photo faves, click here!

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  • Aubrey Bagley
    September 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Well that was fun to read!!! Makes me want to visit even more!
    Also… every time there was an Iceland city or word, i totally skipped it ha

    • Jeannie
      September 12, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Yes – we’re slowly learning how to pronounce everything!
      And you’re welcome to visit anytime 🙂

      • Harold
        December 5, 2016 at 4:11 am

        Hello Jeanne, thank you so much , your post was great reading, is April a good time to visit?

        • Jeannie
          December 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

          Absolutely, April is a beautiful time to visit!

  • Katie Clare
    September 11, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    bah! I can totally picture you star jumping under the northern lights– your pictures are absolutely phenom and thanks for mapping out my future travel plans 🙂

    • Jeannie
      September 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

      You know me too well 🙂
      We would love to see you two in Iceland!!!

  • Tammy Tuthill
    September 12, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Loved this, Jeannie…so very intriguing! What a beautifully, breathtaking place Iceland is! Very happy to see you and Bobby living out your dreams. Keep the blogs coming…thanks for sharing! ❤️

    • Jeannie
      September 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for the support Tammy – it’s pretty obvious why we love it here!

  • Jen Guidry
    September 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    This is fantastic! You have given the best descriptions to help us feel like we were there- and I cannot wait to see it one day in person! Cannot wait for your next blog post!

    • Jeannie
      September 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Jen! It´s just fun sharing our adventure 🙂

  • KattiJo Deeter
    September 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Answer to your question: ALASKA. doi 🙂 The aurora was great here last night and I thought of you two.
    This post is really fantastic, and would be useful to A LOT of people. Consider posting it in a Trip Advisor forum; and remember to include the blog name to generate more followers! Hooray!

    • Jeannie
      September 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Ya, obviously Alaska! Thanks for the tip, great idea!

  • Kristy Logan
    September 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Loved it!! Can’t wait to come visit and see the beautiful countryside for myself!

    • Jeannie
      September 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Woo hoo, Easter can’t come soon enough! xo

  • Jennifer Marsh
    September 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Awesome. That’s the only word I can think of. Highly enjoyable read 🙂

    • Jeannie
      September 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Just think…you get to see all of these places in two weeks!!!

  • Kelley Lumbard
    September 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    HOLY SMOKES I CANT WAIT TO VISIT YOU GUYS!!! I was going to say, we have to chat trip planning soon but I see you’ve already done it all for us!! :-*

  • simon
    March 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Great read, but many of your pictures are missing.

    • Jeannie
      March 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Simon, thanks again for letting me know. I am working on updating this post as it is a mess when it transferred from my old site.

  • Wendy
    July 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    My husband and I and our 7yr old are stopping in iceland for 4 days in July and will be staying in Reykjavik. Saw your post on 8 stops on the golden circle that no one tells you about…wondering if this is doable in 4 days? If so, which attraction would make sense for each day. THANKS!

    • Jeannie
      July 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Wendy! You can actually do the Golden Circle route in 1 day, including the main stops as well as the 8 places I talk about. It’s an easy route and everything is pretty much right off the road. Have a great time!

  • Valerie
    July 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    What is the name or directions to the hidden hot spring near Seljalandsfoss?

    • Jeannie
      August 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Hi Valerie! The pool is called Seljavallalaug, I’m writing a post about it next week! When is your trip to Iceland?

  • caitlin
    November 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Loved this post! I am taking an 8 day trip around the ring road….are there places you would have gone if you had an extra day? Also, what time of year was your honeymoon?

    • Jeannie
      November 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

      ABSOLUTELY add Seydisfjordur to your itinerary! That is my second favorite town in Iceland 🙂 It’s only a 20 minute drive over a mountain road just East of Egilstadir. Our honeymoon was in early September.

  • Heather
    November 15, 2016 at 3:18 am

    My fiancé and I are planning to do Iceland as our honeymoon, but for 10 days! To echo Caitlin above, what might you have added if you had a few extra days? I saw one of your other articles about the Westfjords region, and that sounded interesting to me! Our honeymoon will be in early May though, so I don’t know weather-wise if that would work. Thanks for helping out so many people with your blog! I just told my fiancé that we might end up moving there if we like it so much, then read how that happened to you!

    • Jeannie
      November 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Hey Heather! Sounds awesome, 10 days is a good amount of time. I think May is a little ambitious to add Westfjords – they still have a lot of snow at that time! I would add Seydisfjordur to your itinerary for sure – ADORABLE little village just 20 minutes off the ring road.

  • Tanya
    December 4, 2016 at 12:36 am

    If possible, Can you tell me the towns you stayed every night? We are planning a trip very similar to this but I don’t know were to stop (stay) every “night”. We are going in July so there won’t be “nights” which will allow us for longer days

    • Jeannie
      December 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Tanya! I just updated the post with a map of where we stayed 😉

  • Rishi Raaj Borpujari
    January 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Jeannie ! Thank you very much for this beautiful article. Beautiful pictures too. A friend of mine and I are planning a road trip in the earlier part of March for 8 days. Following almost your itinerary. March, the internet says is a good time to sight the Aurora. Fingers crossed ! But would driving be a problem? Would we necessarily need a 4×4? We would be on a very tight budget.

    • Jeannie
      January 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Rishi! You shouldn’t need a 4wd in March, but make sure your rental has winter tires! Have an awesome time and I’ll cross my fingers for the lights!

  • Rishi Raaj Borpujari
    January 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Great ! Thank you very much.
    Warm regards

  • Tara
    February 6, 2017 at 5:18 am

    This is such a great post!
    I am currently planning a trip with my friend and with limited time in Iceland I am trying to determine the best road trip to take and see the most we can! Our dates are not final, but we are currently planning around 5 full days in Iceland. In my research it seems that everyone does the drive the same way meaning starting in Reykjavik and heading east around the ring road. I know it might be more expensive, but I was considering flying into Akureyri from Norway and renting a car to go one way and almost take the trip the reverse to start towards Dettifoss and head east and south to end in Reykjavik. I’d love to hear your thoughts if something like that is possible or because of road conditions everyone usually goes the same route as you blogged. Also planning to visit in September this year.

    • Jeannie
      February 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Hey Tara! People do tend to take the same route, so I LOVE your idea for the road trip! I think you will really enjoy it – the North has so much of it’s own unique beauty!

  • Tyler
    February 7, 2017 at 5:15 am

    This is one of the most helpful posts I’ve seen yet! My girlfriend and I are going for 7 days at the end of March and we may have to copy your itinerary. We were looking into renting one of the vans that you can sleep in but are now thinking of spending a little extra money for overnight accommodations. Were hotels/hostels expensive for you?

    • Jeannie
      February 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Hey Tyler! So glad you found my post and it’s helpful for your planning! Hotels are more expensive than you would like to think, and are getting more and more pricey every year as the tourism rises. As a side note, I can help set you up with the best deal on a camper van if you are still interested – such a unique way to experience Iceland! The link is in the side bar of my home page. Enjoy 🙂

  • Molly Mysliwiec
    February 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Love your blog and detailed 7 day itinerary, very helpful. I’m heading there first week of March. I plan to drive the entire Ring Road; in your opinion, with the unpredictable weather, is driving the Ring Road do-able?

    • Jeannie
      February 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Yep, you will be fine! Especially this year we have had very mild weather. Have a great time 🙂

  • Angela Pelly
    February 18, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Thank you Jeannie, I have been trying to plan a 7 day itinerary for September, and you have just confirmed that it can be done, the pictures are amazing. It was interesting to see how rugged up you where for that time of year. We are coming from Australia so long distance driving is the norm for us. However we have driven in NZ, and 100klm doesn’t necessary mean 1 hour, as the roads, are narrow and windy, and you just want to stop to take pictures of the amazing view early 10 minutes, so it can take you hours to travel short distance, and I am sure Iceland will be even more amazing. I didn’t know if we had enough time to do circle the country.

    • Jeannie
      February 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Absolutely Angela, 7 days is enough to do the Ring Road! I always encourage taking that route if you can make the time – so many beautiful things to see 🙂

  • Jovalie Capanas
    February 21, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Hi Jeannie! Love your blog and Facebook group. I’m planning to go to Iceland on Oct27-Nov12. I’d love to get your opinion if it’s safe to drive around the ring road at the time. 🙂

    • Jeannie
      February 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Yes, absolutely Jovalie! You will love it 🙂

  • Jean
    March 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Hi! My husband and I planning a week-long trip in June and are inspired to follow your itinerary. Quick question: where did you guys stay between days 3 and 4? It seems a bit tricky/expensive to stay around southern Iceland, do you have any suggestions? Thanks for a great blog!

    • Emily
      March 21, 2017 at 12:06 am

      I’d love to know the answer to this question as well! Also, did you just rent a 2-wheel-drive car or did you go for a 4W? I’ve heard some of the roads can be pretty rough, but if your trip didn’t require the 4W, that would be great to know!

      • Emily
        March 21, 2017 at 12:21 am

        Never mind my question about the rental car – I just finished reading your blog about rentals!

        • Jeannie
          March 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm

          Oh great Emily, glad you found the answer! 🙂

    • Jeannie
      March 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Jean! So glad my itinerary could inspire your trip. We stayed at the Vagnstaðir hostel not far from the Glacier Lagoon. Have a great trip!

  • pj gaerlan
    March 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm


    we have been following you for months now as we near our trip in the next day.

    we have our camper van rental ready to go for the next 7 days. Do you think its possible to make the full ring road at this time of year?

    Thanks again for all your tips and advice


    • Jeannie
      March 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Yep, absolutely!
      Thanks so much for following along PJ! Have a great time in Iceland 🙂

  • Katie
    April 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Jeannie – I’m thinking about a mid-september trip and this blog has been the most informative I have read!
    I am also obsessed with Walter Mitty, the inspiration for my trip to begin with.
    What time of year did you do this trip and is mid-Sept a good time to do it?

    • Jeannie
      April 24, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Hey Katie, thanks for your sweet message so glad the blog is helpful for you! So exciting that you’re coming to Iceland and what a coincidence that Walter Mitty inspired your trip! Mid September is exactly when we did this trip so you will be fine! Have fun 🙂

  • Keyla
    April 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Jeannie! Did you stayed in one place for the 7 days? I’m going to Iceland this May and I will be staying in the same place, will it still be possible to travel the Ring Road, or at least most of it? Also, for the ring road do you recommend a 4×4? I would like to explore the best I can Iceland during those days.

    • Jeannie
      April 24, 2017 at 7:51 am

      No we stayed in a different place every night. The ring road takes 14 hours so you have to be on the move! A 2wd is fine for the ring road.