Ring Road. Iceland. Following the footprints of volcanoes. Adventure travel
PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE RING ROAD
The traditional way to make a trip on your own in Iceland is by using its popular road called Ring Road. This road is circular and goes along the coastline of this amazing island.
The way you make this trip depends on your adventurous spirit. Some will want to have the accommodation already booked, whereas other people will prefer to improvise and be carried along by the feelings of each place, by the everyday life, its magical light and its stunning landscapes.
The second way has more advantages. Freedom is always appreciated. The inconvenience that comes to mind is clear. Will I have accommodation at the end of my day?
Travel agencies insist on booking the accommodation in advance to avoid having to sleep anywhere. They are obviously interested in contracting their products, but the reality is far from that. I travelled in the most crowded month, August, and I had no problem. Besides, we can always carry a tent and a sleeping bag to make us feel more relaxed.
It is important to keep in mind that when the asphalt finishes and the sand roads show up, we will travel tens of kilometres without telephone coverage, and meeting other vehicles can be just a fluke.
But, above all, an important piece of advice: you must carefully examine the car´s tires and rule out any vehicle that does not have good tread. Sections of dirt roads are common, specially in the north of the island, and the amount of gravel is surprisingly high. My rental car had completely smooth tires and on the Látrabjarg península, one of the island´s most remote áreas, it very nearly fell off a Cliff because of this gravel.
How to drive in Iceland
-You drive on the right and the vehicle´s headlights must be turned on both during the day an at night
-Driving anywhere off the roads and tracks is prohibited. Between November and May,the use of winter tires is mandatory.
-Always carry a road map, warm clothing, food and drink
-Slow down when there is another vehicle in front of you, especially on the gravel roads. Take special care with changes in gradient and on bridges. Be aware of the wind.
-Most service station pumps function 24 hours a day and accept credit cards. Try to keep the gas tank as full as posible, especially in the north of the island
-If you choose to travel by campen van, note that parking is free and you can sleep anywhere, without any restrictions. There is a law known as the “Law of Survival”, which allows camper vans to park anywhere for a single night. Even in the summer it is best to carry warm clothing and sleeping bags
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