Scenes From The Road in Iceland

I recently spent 8 days driving around Iceland. Or, more accurately, being driven around Iceland by my friends whose driving skills are far superior to mine. No, instead of driving, I bring a random smattering of other useful skills to roadtrips: researching awesome and preferably offbeat stops along the way, negotiating discounts, frantically phoning guesthouses late at night to inquire whether they have an available room at an affordable price, crafting playlists of the cheesy pop and/or classic rock persuasion, getting un-lost after a wrong turn or three, finding backcountry campsites.

And most importantly: taking kickass photos.

You know how it is when you see something so beautiful you can’t help but stare? Can’t help but wonder if it’s a dream? That’s Iceland – that’s ALL of Iceland. I took hundreds of photos of the passing scenery from the car windows in an attempt to prove that what we were seeing was real.

You can and should stop off the roads to see waterfalls, parks, and other Icelandic attractions along the way, but even if you didn’t – if you just went to Iceland and all you did was drive around – you’d still see some ridiculously beautiful things.

The photos below were taken either from or within 20 feet of our car while driving on the Ring Road and other side streets in Iceland (clockwise heading north from Reykjavik) —

The Westfjords

Roadtrip in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

The road in Iceland

The road in Iceland

Roadtrip in Iceland

North Iceland

The road in Iceland

North Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

East Iceland

Roadtrip in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Roadtrip in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

South Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Ring road in Iceland

Which region in Iceland has the prettiest scenery?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • But actually why aren’t you photographing for National Geographic by now?

    • lindsaypunk

      HAHAHA. Because I’m the worst at self-promotion, slash they just haven’t discovered me yet? :P

  • Holy moly those shots are gorgeous! I need to get back to Iceland like RIGHT now! :D

    • lindsaypunk

      THANK YOU!! :D Ahh, you SO do!

  • Iceland is beautiful.. how much is the daily living expenses?

    • lindsaypunk

      Great question! It really depends on your travel style. If you camp, $0-10/night for the campsite; a hostel dorm bed is $30-40. Meals are very expensive no matter where you go, but if you buy groceries and cook for yourself you can save a lot of money. Car rental is pretty expensive as well, but can be made more affordable if you split it with others.

      I might get into specifics of what I paid for this trip in a future blog post, so stay tuned! :)

  • Kathrin | Luminoucity

    Amazing post! I really need to get back to Iceland!

    • lindsaypunk

      Thanks, Kathrin! It’s an amazing place, isn’t it?

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  • Julie G.

    My husband and I will be traveling to Iceland this August for 2 weeks. Did you find it helpful to pre-book accommodation while driving around the island? Or did you just stop when you felt like you didn’t want to drive any further and find a place to stay? We plan to bring a tent but I’m sure I’ll want to stay in actual hotels/hostels or an AirBnB a few of the nights.

    • Great question! We only prebooked our accom in Reykjavik and on the Laugavegur Trek. We had planned to just pull over and camp whenever we felt like it while driving around on the other days, but sometimes it was a bit tricky to find a suitable spot or contend with the rain, so then we ended up wasting time driving around looking for a place to stop. If I did it again, I might have done a bit more research or rented a campervan instead.

      • Julie G.

        Thanks for the quick reply! This is very helpful information!