Welcome to my first travelogue! My writing hiatus is due to my hasty preparation for a 9-day Ring Road trip in Iceland. Iceland’s scenery is truly spectacular, and while I tried my best to capture its otherworldly beauty in photos, you really do have to see it in person if you can. I was very fortunate to have two willing travel companions (my parents) to experience Iceland with me, and we were not disappointed.
The Ring Road is an 828 mile road that circles the entire island. We rented a 2×4 car from Thrifty Car Rental which cost less than $400. We stayed on the Ring Road for nearly the entire way, making detours to explore the East Fjords, Tröllaskagi, and Snæfellsnes.
For the uninitiated, here are some thoughts I had during the trip with accompanying photos.
1. Iceland has hardly any trees.
The first thing I noticed when driving from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík was the absence of trees. The day I arrived at the airport, it was snowing and raining. It was so foggy you could hardly see anything beyond the road. As I eyed the desolate landscape right and left, I wondered why there were no trees. I’ve traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m used to sprawling evergreens on mountains. But my first impression of Iceland consisted of snow-dusted, jagged lava rocks.
As we drove around the island, the treeless-ness continued. This led me to believe that houses were constructed with metal due to the lack of wood, but corrugated steel is used because it withstands the harsh weather better than other materials. I actually ended up appreciating the lack of forestry, because that meant unobstructed views all around.