Iceland Bucket List: The Ring Road

This is the 6th edition of the Iceland Bucket List Series. Each week we will feature a new list of things you must see or do before you leave Iceland. Since traveling all around Iceland on the ring road should definitely be on your bucket list, this week we explore 10 must-sees for when you go around Iceland on the ring road. The Ring Road is a national road in Iceland that runs around the island. This series is perfect for planning your next trip to Iceland, or for getting ideas once you are already here. So, here it is, 10 sights on the Ring Road that should be on your bucket list!

1. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

The black sand beach of Reynisfjara is located on the south coast of Iceland. This stunning beach is a short two-hour drive from Reykjavik on the Ring Road. In Reynisfjara you will encounter stunning basalt columns on the shore, vast black sands, and Reynisdrangar, the majestic sea stacks on the horizon. The beach is extremely beautiful, but watch out for the powerful waves that can be very dangerous.

Reynisfjara Iceland

Reynisfjara one of the most popular beaches in Iceland

2. Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland for good reason. This majestic waterfall is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. Skogafoss is 25 meters (82 ft.) wide and 60 meters (200 ft.) tall. On sunny days, Skogafoss waterfall is often decorated with one or more rainbows. Truly a beautiful sight!

Skogafoss Iceland

Skogafoss waterfall on of the biggest in Iceland

3. The Golden Circle

The Colden Circle is probably the most popular traveling route in Iceland. The Golden Circle allows you to see very versified and stunning Icelandic nature, all in just one day. On the Golden Circle, you get to see Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and many more amazing sights. It’s definitely something you shouldn’t miss!

Gullfoss Iceland

Gullfoss is a part of the Golden Circle

4. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon has been the filming location of many Hollywood movies (Click Here for a list of movies filmed in Iceland) and for good reason! Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is jaw-droppingly beautiful and difficult to describe, you just have to go there! Jokulsarlon is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea. Jokulsarlon is a great place to see the northern lights too!

Jokulsarlon Iceland

Something so magical about the Lagoon

5. Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss is not only the most powerful waterfall in Iceland, it is also the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. If you stand close by the waterfall, you can feel the earth tremble beneath your feet. It’s amazing to be that up close with the powerful Icelandic nature.

Dettifoss Iceland

Feel the power of Dettifoss

6. Lake Myvatn

The area around Lake Myvatn is truly gorgeous. The area is surrounded by geothermal fields called Namaskard. The Myvatn area also has a natural geothermal pool in the area that you should go for a swim in. The whole Myvatn area is stunning no matter what time of year you visit!

Myvatn Iceland

Picturesque moment

7. Vestrahorn and Stokksnes

Vestrahorn is a mountain in the East of Iceland and Stokksnes is an area on the East Icelandic coast. These places are extremely beautiful, and perfect for aspiring photographers. Whether you want to capture the midnight sun, or the northern lights, Vestrahorn and Stokksnes are a great place to do so!

Vestrarhorn Iceland

Northern Lights dancing over Vestrarhorn

8. Hvitserkur Basalt Stack

Hvitserkur is a 15 meter (49 feet) tall monolith, that stands just offshore from the land. Hvitserkur is very photogenic, and the amazing Icelandic scenery surrounding the basalt stack are just stunning. From a certain angle, Hvitserkur looks like a dragon drinking from the sea.

Hvitserkur Iceland

A beautiful monolith

9. Godafoss Waterfall

Godafoss Waterfall or Waterfall of the Gods, is one of the largest and most imposing waterfalls in Iceland. Godafoss played a large role in Iceland’s religious history when Icelanders switched to Christianity, as a heathen chieftain threw statues of the old gods into Godafoss Waterfall to demonstrate the beginning of Christianity in Iceland.

Godafoss Iceland

Godafoss has so much history

10. Small towns and fishing villages

Make sure you visit some of Iceland small towns and villages on your trip to Iceland. Iceland has many small and cute fishing villages that you should definitely check out. Get to know the locals and the culture in different places around Iceland. It's a must!

Fishing Village

Getting to know the locals in Iceland

Click here to see our ring road tour in the winter time!

Click here to see our ring road tour in the summer time!

More from our Iceland Bucket List Series:

Iceland Bucket List: Reykjavik

Iceland Bucket List: Food

Iceland Bucket List: Activities

Iceland Bucket List: Music

Iceland Bucket List: Natural Wonders

Contributed: Birta Bjornsdottir