A road trip to discover Iceland

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Road trip to the land of geysers

When we talk about a road trip, we usually think of the big territories, the United States and Route 66 for example. However, closer to home, a trip to Iceland offers a perfect opportunity to indulge in the joys of the road trip.

Self-drive is an increasingly popular travel format. Some agencies have even become road-trip specialists, such as Comptoir des Voyages

Tour of Iceland on Route 1

Also known as the Hringvegur or Ring Road, Route 1 truly circles Iceland. 1339 km long, this road allows you to follow the coast of the island and enjoy all the wonders of the country.

To discover the country without hurrying too much, the ideal is to leave over a period of 2 weeks. The easiest way to start your road trip in Iceland is to arrive in Reykjavik, the capital. From there, you can then set off to explore Hraunfossar, one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island.

The unpronounceable names of Icelandic towns

The Snaefellsnes peninsula is also unmissable. Above sheer cliffs, this peninsula is home to thousands of birds and notably inspired Jules Verne for his Voyage to the Center of the Earth.

Your trip to Iceland will also be a perfect opportunity to learn how to pronounce unpronounceable names: the islets of Breidafjordur, Akureyri the capital of the north, the very pretty little town of Eyhafjordur, the huge beach of Skeidararsandur or the giant monolith of Hjörleifshöfdi .

For your accommodation, Comptoir des Voyages recommends nights in a guesthouse in Reykjavik then in a farm-inn elsewhere in the country. The opportunity to take an authentic trip and meet as many Icelanders as possible to better understand the local culture.

The flora and fauna of Iceland

The image of Iceland is often associated with that of geysers. And for good reason: the Stokkur geyser is truly impressive and testifies to the ubiquitous volcanic presence on Icelandic lands. This is still the case on the Krisuvik side, where pots and fumaroles offer an unforgettable (visual and fragrant) spectacle, before relaxing in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Finally, if you love animals, your Iceland road trip should be a hit. The island is indeed home to many species of birds, but also gray seals and whales.

Icelandic roads are therefore a real pleasure to discover all the riches of a country that is really worth the detour.

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