What does driving on Route-1 in Iceland look like? [Iceland]

I have intentionally kept the 2-lane Route-1 as the “Star” of this Blog 🙂

The approximate 1300 kilometers loop (“Route 1”) all around Iceland is extremely picturesque. The photos in this blog are all taken using my humble cell/mobile phone, and most of them from a moving vehicle. So, pardon the imperfections in the picture and take a peek at what driving all around Iceland looks like. I must admit I only did around 10% of the driving, due to two main reasons: (1) I wanted to take these pictures and taking pictures while driving is not exactly safe (2) My friends liked to drive. It was a Win-Win 🙂

As you can see in these photos, “Clouds” are a huge part of any picture in Iceland. Several of the photos were taken when there was significant cloud cover. Even during “Summers” (July-August), one can experience sunshine, rains, snow, hail Etc. The weather in Iceland is very fickle and one must mentally prepare to have good days and bad days, weather-wise. I guess that is what makes Iceland so alluring.

Because we had a 4×4 SUV with us, we did off-road a bit and you can note several photos depicting unpaved roads.

Open fields, glaciers, mountains, sea, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, cute towns … The Iceland road-trip had it all.

We went counter-clock-wise around Iceland: Reykjavik – Selfoss – Vik – Hofn – Seyðisfjörður – Laugar – Akureyri – Borgarnes – Reykjavik. It is up to individual preference, whether to go clock-wise or counter-clock-wise. 1300 kilometers does not sound too much, but to really appreciate Iceland and see all the major sights, at least 14 days will be required. Please note that almost 90% of the tourists in Iceland stick to just the Golden-Circle and/or South-West Iceland.

Note: The photos in this blog are in the kept in the same order as they were captured in.

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