Day 01 of 12 Day Roadtrip Iceland Reykjavik Vik
Published: 24/01/2021
Reykjavik is a beautiful city with a lot to do and you can use it the day before the trip to relax and enjoy this city. There are many hotels to choose from.
Reykjavik has a number of rental companies for motorcycles (adventure bikes) and cars (4x4). Two are indicated with a POI.
The prices for a 2-week motorcycle rental are between ISK 350,000 (EUR 2,500). This includes unlimited mileage, a top suitcase, insurance for driver and passenger and a deposit of 155,000 ISK (1,140 EURO) for a Suzuki V-Strom or Kawasaki Versys to around 540,000 ISK, 4000 EURO (2000 EURO Deposit) for a heavy BMW 1200GS.
Please note; you are not allowed to drive on the F-Roads without a guide, these are very rough unpaved roads and can be very rocky, steep and / or muddy, and there are rivers that you have to drive through, so experience with terrain driving is required. If you want to reach the most beautiful places in Iceland via these roads, you can consider booking a guided tour.

If you choose a rental car then it applies that you can only be driven on F-roads with a 4x4 off-road vehicle, whereby experience with off-road driving is desired. Renting a 4x4 for 2 weeks costs between 200,000 ISK (1,500 EURO) for a small 4-person car to 475,000 ISK (3,500 EURO) for a large 5-7-person car. If you want to take out the extra insurance, an additional ISK 83,300 (612 EURO) is added.

Day 1 takes us from Reykjavik to Vik. This is the most famous tourist route in the country, "The Golden Circle". The first stop is at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (RP3), popular for its geology. The mid-Atlantic gorge runs all the way through Iceland, leading to the country's active volcanism, but nowhere else in the world can it be seen as clearly as here. The park is bordered on both ends by magnificent cliffs that mark the edges of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The park also has the largest lake in Iceland with very clear water. Here you can go snorkelling or diving.

The next stop is Haukadalur Valley (RP4), the center of the Geysir geothermal area.
You will see the steam rise as you approach the location.
The largest geyser in the area is called Geysir, the one who gave everyone else their name. Although this geyser is mostly inactive, Strokkur, which is located nearby, bursts out every five to ten minutes to heights of more than twenty meters.
The area is a wonderful example of the geothermal activity that can be found throughout the country, with many hot springs, mud pots and steamy vents.

From Haukadalur it is a 10-minute drive to Gullfoss (RP5), where you can view the most iconic waterfall, "Golden Falls", of the country. At the parking lot at Gullfoss you can also book a snowmobile tour to the Langjökull glacier, a great ride with spectacular panoramas.
The next stop is the Kerið crater lake (RP6), an azure blue lake surrounded by red rocks.
The ride continues along the coast where you can visit the Lava Center at RP7 to discover the colossal and complex natural forces that form the earth and which began to create Iceland tens of millions of years ago.

On the way to your final destination you stop at 2 waterfalls and the black beach the basalt rocks.
RP8 is the Seljalandsfoss, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. It is possible to walk behind a waterfall on a slippery path.
RP9 is the Skógafoss, a 60 meter high and 25 meter wide waterfall.
At the RP10 and 11 you can see the beautiful black beaches, rocky coast and ocean, many puffins also fly here.

Next stop is also the end point of day 1, in Vik there are several hotels and B&B to spend the night.

I appreciate this ride with 4 **** Stars because of the beautiful sights and Icelandic nature.
Thingvellir National Park
Geyser Strokkur
Useful links:
Icelandic Meteorological Office
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
Reykjavik Motor Center
Guide to Iceland
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Iceland (Icelandic: Ísland; [ˈistlant] (listen)) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate. According to the ancient manuscript Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Norwegians, and to a lesser extent other Scandinavians, emigrated to Iceland, bringing with them thralls (i.e., slaves or serfs) of Gaelic origin. The island was governed as an independent commonwealth under the Althing, one of the world's oldest functioning legislative assemblies. Following a period of civil strife, Iceland acceded to Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The establishment of the Kalmar Union in 1397 united the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Iceland thus followed Norway's integration into that union, coming under Danish rule after Sweden's secession from the union in 1523. Although the Danish kingdom introduced Lutheranism forcefully in 1550, Iceland remained a distant semi-colonial territory in which Danish institutions and infrastructures were conspicuous by their absence.In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Iceland's struggle for independence took form and culminated in independence in 1918 and the founding of a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world's oldest and longest-running parliament. Until the 20th century, Iceland relied largely on subsistence fishing and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Plan aid following World War II brought prosperity, and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. It became a part of the European Economic Area in 1994; this further diversified the economy into sectors such as finance, biotechnology, and manufacturing. Iceland has a market economy with relatively low taxes, compared to other OECD countries, as well as the highest trade union membership in the world. It maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland ranks high in economic, democratic, and social stability, as well as equality, ranking third in the world by median wealth per adult. In 2020, it was ranked as the fourth-most developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index, and it ranks first on the Global Peace Index. Iceland runs almost completely on renewable energy. Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation's Scandinavian heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Norse and Gaelic settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old West Norse and is closely related to Faroese. The country's cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic literature, and medieval sagas. Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.
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12 Day Iceland Road Trip

Driving in Iceland is a great experience whether you travel by car or as described in this review by motorcycle.

This route collection is based on information about Iceland that you can find on the Internet, especially from the Guide to Iceland, where you can find a wealth of information to prepare you well for your trip.

You drive through landscapes that are varied and beautiful, you see glacier tongues, volcanic mountains, geothermal areas with active geysers, lava fields, craters, forests, waterfalls and incredibly rugged stretches of coast. You will also see many animals such as seals, killer whales, humpback whales, puffins, gulls, olives and petrels

The main roads are of good quality but you also drive a lot on gravel roads, so not suitable for road motorcycles. Some of these roads are sometimes closed due to the weather.

It is therefore important that you check the weather forecasts and the situation of the roads every day before you leave, this information can be found on the website of "Icelandic Meteorological Office" and for the roads on the website of "The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration" "

Due to the Icelandic climate this trip can only be made in the summer and is suitable for car and motorcycle. Renting cars (also 4x4) and motorbikes is possible in Reykjavik.
If you want your own car or motorcycle, you can make a ferry crossing from the Netherlands or Denmark via the Faroe Islands. Then take another week off for the crossings, or longer because you can also make beautiful rides on Faroe Islands.

This route collection consists of the following routes

Day 1 from Reykjavik to Vik (350km)
Day 2 from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (215km)
Day 3 from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hoefn (225km)
Day 4 from Hoefn to Seydisfjoerdur (295km)
Day 5 from Seydisfjoerdur to Husavik (300km)
Day 6 from Husavik to Siglufjordur (260km)
Day 7 from Siglufjordur to Blonduos (220km)
Day 8 from Blonduos to Reykholar (325km)
Day 9 from Reykholar to Patreksfjordur (455km)
Day 10 from Patreksfjordur to Grundarfjordur (280km)
Day 11 from Grundarfjordur to Borgarnes (210km)
Day 12 from Borgarnes to Reykjavik (270km)