DRIVING THROUGH ICELAND
We asked, read, researched and experienced for ourselves what the best way to move around Iceland is. Come with us on a road-trip to show you why exploring the ice country with a car is the best way to do it
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Annie Spratt
26 November 2019
Iceland is a beautiful country. Its charm often is the thing that gets people to come back times and times again. There is no doubt that it has so many natural wonders. Travelling around, there is just so much more to see that you haven't thought about at first.
There are a few ways to make your way around Iceland, but what we have discovered is that travelling by car is the most efficient one. There are, however, some things that you need to consider before getting on the road.
The weather conditions in the Nordic country can get quite rough. It snows heavily - so much in fact, the snow gets in your eyes if you step outside. At times the wind can be so strong, that it can easily damage your car door, so plan carefully when to go exploring. Driving, however, is the easiest and quickest way to explore the landscape wonders of the country.
You need to be aware that driving off-road is illegal. Be careful with the routes, some of them can be quite dangerous or easy to get through. This can depend on the weather conditions, so it is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before heading anywhere.
Always carry a physical map with you. It is worth more than gold in Iceland, as it can be your best friend if you ever end up in a tricky situation and don't know your way around. Maps are especially helpful to mark places you want to see and stay aware of where you are, especially if you are travelling on your own.
Be careful when you reach an 'F' road. They are common but can turn out to be quite dangerous. An 'F' road essentially is a place where a water source running through the road. Most often those are rivers, crossing the road and going through them can be tricky if they are frozen for example. This is why you should familiarise yourself with the road conditions and stay safe.
There is probably no need for us to remind you to stay connected to the rest of the world, but we will say it anyway. When exploring Iceland, there are parts where you can drive for hours and not see a single soul. In those deserted areas, you need to be aware of your surroundings in order to not get lost. Staying connected is a good way to know your location.
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