Iceland Road Trip: What to Do on The Ring Road

Travel photographer Alison Turner shares some of her favorite stops along Iceland's famous Highway 1.

Photo By: Alison Turner


When you travel by campervan you get to wake up to incredible views each morning. This was shot in the early morning, watching the sun rise from behind the waterfall.

Seljandsfoss Waterfall

This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland because you can walk behind the falls for an incredible photo opt. 

Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoon is mesmerizing. I loved drinking my morning coffee and watching the ice float by.

Black Sand Beach

Check out the beach near the town of Vik to see these massive rock formations.

Mini Lighthouses

Some of my favorite buildings were all of the orange lighthouses scattered about the country. 

East Fjords

I hiked through the marshy fields to get close to this lighthouse.

A trip to Iceland isn't complete without a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Early Bird Gets the Lagoon

The natural spa is extremely popular with tourists. Be sure to visit when it first opens to get a moment to yourself. 

Skogafoss Waterfall

Of all the waterfalls in Iceland, this one is my favorite. It's also a favorite among tourists because of its massive size. At 200 feet tall, people standing next to it look tiny.

Námafjall Sulfur Fields

One of the most amazing experiences on this trip was walking through the Námafjall geothermal field, located in Northeast Iceland, on the east side of Lake Myvatn.

Walking Through Clouds

The area is rather smelly, but Námafjall produces clouds that stay low to the ground and you can walk through them.

Goofoss Waterfall

You can access this waterfall on the nothern part of the island, off of Highway 1.

Icelandic Horses

The horses on the island can tolerate extreme weather conditions. You will see them throughout the countryside.

Making New Friends

The horses are also are extremely tame. This guy came up and said hello to me.

Northeast Iceland

On the east side of The Ring Road, you’ll find a lot of open space, flat land and snow.

Snowy and Surreal

I stopped on the side of the road just to run around a bit in the snow. What’s so dreamy and unusual about this area is that there aren’t any trees.

Rustic Churches

You will see a church in every town in Iceland. I thought they were all so charming. I framed this one from the entry gate.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

One of the most amazing views from the road was on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It’s as if I stepped into a painting.

Foggy Mountains

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a must-drive. The snow-capped mountains are breathtaking.


Driving Highway 1 is one of the best ways to see Iceland but always be prepared for a sudden change in the weather. Moments before this photograph, it was sunny and clear.

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