How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip to Iceland

Iceland literally feels like it was made for road trips. Is there any other country in the world that allows you to circle its whole circumference with one road, and with such natural beauty and attractions?

A road trip to Iceland should be on everyone’s bucket list, and can be a life changing experience for any fan of road trips in general. However, if you want to get the most out of the country and the great sights, you have to be thoroughly prepared. There are also some mistakes you need to avoid if you want the whole trip to go smoothly. Here are a few tips for the perfect Iceland road trip.

Pick the Right Vehicle

You could always take a subcompact on your road trip, but that would be such a waste when you could travel in style in a nice van. Companies like Happy Campers, for instance, have a variety of beautiful stylish vans to offer at a very reasonable price. They have camper vans available for as little as €120 per day and they all come with Wi-Fi included. You can also get extras like picnic tables, chairs, or a grill for a small additional charge. Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about lodging during your trip either. If you would rather take an off-roading vehicle like the Honda Ridgeline, then make sure you use sites like to find and purchase a decent truck bed cover, as this will keep all of your belongings safe when you’re off exploring everything that Iceland has to offer.

Don’t Only Stay in Reykjavik

A proper road trip around Iceland should take 7 days at the very least, so don’t be afraid to explore and get out of Reykjavik. This country is extremely vast, and you’ll have National Geographic moments at every corner. There are few countries that are as visually stunning while being perfectly drivable as Iceland, so take advantage of it.

Get off the Ring Road as Well

The Ring Road is great, don’t get us wrong, but you should also consider veering off if you want to see something special. You could go trekking in the mountains, or visit one of the quaint villages along the way, for example.

Don’t be Afraid to Rough it Out

We warn you, there aren’t many people in Iceland. That means that you could find yourself in the middle of nowhere pretty quick with no amenities. That also means that you might not be able to find restrooms or places to take showers, so don’t go unless you’re ready to rough it out a little.

Get the Hot Dogs

Gas station hot dogs are kind of a tradition on Icelandic road trips, so indulge. Don’t worry, these are nothing like the gas station hot dogs you get back in the states; they’re a proper hardy meal, and one of the only affordable ones you can get in Iceland. One dog will set you back around $2.39 USD, and will be more than enough to fill you up until your next stop.

Iceland is a truly unique place, and is tailor made for any road trip lover. Follow these few simple tips, and you’ll have the road trip of a lifetime.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.