Road Trip Round Iceland’s Ring Road Route

How about a road trip with an icy twist? Marvel at the Northern Lights, and wonder at whales and waterfalls galore.

For road trip fanatics or first timers, this will be the experience of a lifetime. Just you, your best friends, your favourite classics playing, and the open road. Route 66 may be the well-known option, but for those adventurous souls who yearn to go off the beaten track: Iceland's Ring Road is calling out to you!

Be Sure to See These Shiver-Provoking Sights

As with any road trip, you are going to have to do a little bit of advanced planning to be able to see the sights in all their glory.Vatnajökull glacier's crystal ice caves must be booked before arrival to avoid disappointment, for example. The stunning natural caves are only reachable during the winter, and they are quite dauntingly dangerous. Hire a guide to get the most out of your visit, and discover their depths.

The Sólheimasandur Plane Crash site may be tricky to locate, but it's all the more rewarding for the challenge involved in finding it. Wander through the spooky remains of the 1970s US Navy plane for an interesting diversion on your trip.

Whale watching should be top of your list, and the fjords near Akureyri are the ideal location to see minke, humpback and bottlenose whales. There is just something so magical about seeing these majestic creatures in the flesh, and it's an experience you will never forget.

Top Tips to Make Your Trip Tick Over Without Trials or Tribulations

There are plenty of places to stop to marvel at the natural wonders of this special country while on this trip. The route itself could, in fact, be driven in a solid 24-hour non-stop loop, but why would you do that and miss all the fun?! It's best to take your time and take it all in. A week would be a good length of time to see all the best bits, but even longer would be better still. It would also be a great idea to leave a bit of time at the end of your trip in case your flight is affected by the notorious winter weather.

Hire a van, get the crew together and get on over there with all your winter woolies, a great playlist and a camera with plenty of space on your memory card... Everywhere you look is a photo opportunity.

On the practical side you might want to practice your night driving so that you can enjoy spending some of your road trip in the dark when the Northern Lights are visible.

Don't forget about GPS, appropriate tyres for the wintery weather, and adequate insurance. You could combine your insurance needs on a trip like this and get travel and car hire excess insurancein one fell swoop.

Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you're looking for the best travel policies, including car hire excess insurance, Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.


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