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Road trip around Iceland – a ring road tour

Campervan in front of a church in Iceland
Campervan in front of a church in Iceland

The best way to get around Iceland on your own pace is by camper. To get the best out of the Iceland landscape, a full circumnavigation of the island is recommended, taking about seven days. Doing it under your own steam by campervan is perhaps the best way to do so.
While most visitors to Iceland hit the Golden Circle tour, taking in three of the best sites, the word on the forums is that a full loop of the island’s ring road is far more rewarding. In total it requires 18 hours of driving and since you’ll be stopping repeatedly to admire the sparsely inhabited scenery, a week is recommended.
Being able to stop and camp among this stunning natural environment is the real benefit of doing the loop in a camper van or 4x4 equipped with camping gear, such as those rented out by CampEasy.
On the Southern coast, heading towards the town of Vik, you encounter Saga Museum at Hvolsvollur, a good view of the menacing Eyaafjallajokull volcano, and some glaciers and lava flows.  Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon are highlights as you overnight and continue East.
The Fjords of the Eastern coast can occupy you and your campervan for days, discovering small fishing settlements and some brilliant coastal scenery.  Not to be missed on this side of the country is Dettifoss waterfall and Myvatn lake. The Northern Coast is home to the second largest town, Akureyri and more pretty waterfalls, glaciers and even whale watching.
Since camping is the best way to explore Iceland, check out CampEasy’s website for renting a camper:

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