We were ready to start our 10 days in Iceland ring road trip, do the Ring Road by car.
Our bags are packed, today is the day we are leaving! This was my first thought when I woke up on that day. The long-awaited trip was about to start!
Updated September 2020: We update this article regularly so you have the information fresh and up to date so you can better plan your trip.
If, like me, you are asking yourself “when is the best time to visit Iceland?” Well it always is, depending on what you plan to see and why you visit.
For us best time to go to the “Land of Fire and Ice” was in October. We chose October for our 10 days in Iceland trip because it is cheaper than in summer, the days are pretty long and it is not so crowded, and for us it seemed to be the best time of year for driving the ring road.
10 days trip to Iceland ring road by car
So the best time to visit Ice land might be late autumn or in spring if you wish to do the ring road in Iceland.
The summer is also a nice time if you wish to see the puffins.
Best time to visit Iceland for northern lights is from October to February or March since the nights are longer so you have better chances to see the northern lights iceland.
We planned to go on the Ring Road and Golden Circle. We first rented a car and then we meticulously planned our 10 days trip. \
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Let the Iceland adventure begin by exploring the land of fire and ice!
We started our 10 days adventure by doing the Ring Road in Iceland clockwise. The landscape is very beautiful and as a plus, most of the places to see are found on the right side of the driver, so the passenger next to the driver have very nice views.
I have an advice for you: Before you hit the Iceland Ring Road by car check the national weather site and the road condition.
There might be close roads or workings and if you know where the road is closed you can avoid all kind of limited situations and other possible problems and have more time to relax while on holiday.
If you are looking for a personalized Ring Road itinerary, a travel guide to Iceland and more information or advice, do not hesitate to comment below or contact us through the contact page.
We’ll be more than happy to help you plan your own trip.
Are you travelling to the Land of Fire and Ice to see the Northern Lights ?
Choose the best time for northern lights in Iceland:
- Best time to see northern lights in Iceland
- The Northern lights Iceland Ultimate Guide for 2020
- When is the best time of year for Northern Lights in Iceland
- 5 Best places to see Northern Lights in Iceland Travel Guide
If you are curious to read what we did each day, where we ate and what we visited you can read more about it in our travel guide to iceland, using the links below, each day of driving in Iceland includes amazing parts of Iceland, places where you can spend the night when you travel to iceland.
We planned our 10 days in Iceland Ring Road Bucket List Drive Tour as follows:
- Day 1 – Ring Road Iceland here we come! – arrive in Reykjavik and shop for supplies
- Day 2 – From Reykjavik to Laugarbakki tour in West Iceland.
- Day 3 – Laugarbakki – Akureyri
- Day 4 – Akureyri – Myvatn Lake (whale watching and swimming pool nature baths)
- Day 5 – Myvatn Lake – Egilsstadir (north Iceland)
- Day 6 – Egilsstadir – Hofn
- Day 7 – Hofn – Skogafoss (visit jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, lava fields and Diamond beach)
- Day 8 – Skogafoss – Reykjavik (Golden Circle)
- Day 9 – Reykjavik
- Day 10 – Blue Lagoon and fly back home
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We wrote some more detailed articles on this subject here:
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Thursday 9th of December 2021
I am staying for more than a week in Iceland now, already spent 4 nights here but haven´t been lucky to see the northern lights? Did you see them often on your trip in Iceland? Do you have some tips, how to higher the chances of see it at least once? Thanks :)
Saturday 11th of December 2021
These elusive lights dancing on the Icelandic sky are quite difficult to spot as three main conditions need to be fulfilled: clear sky, intense solar activity, and perfectly dark. We were lucky and saw the Northern Lights on a remote accommodation near Vik and then near Reykjavik. What I recommend you to do to maximize your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis is to book a specially designated tour that leaves from Reykjavik and gets you to the best places to see the lights. We recommend you book a seat at this Northern Lights guided tour.
Have e wonderful trip!