A detour west to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula visits the small town of Grundarfjörður. Nestled between mountains & sea, the town has unbelievable views & is characterized by Kirkjufell mountain, which forms its own peninsula.
Driving the north, road trippers pass Mývatn Lake, a shallow eutrophic lake in an 'area of active volcanism' surrounded by wetlands & fauna. Detour up to the Viti Volcanic Crater, an impressive 300m green lake.
Drivers can next experience the spectacular natural beauty of the eastern fjords. Detour from Route 1 to picturesque fjord towns to immerse in local culture and awe-inspiring views.
Heading south east, the Vatnajökull National Park has volcanoes, waterfalls, mountain peaks, geothermal areas, & the Vatnajökull glacier. Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon with jutting icebergs, sits on the edge & can be enjoyed from Route 1 if you rather continue the drive.
The southern section takes adventurers to the Sólheimajökull Glacier– guide companies offer walks to explore the glacier's ice sculptures, 'water cauldrons', deep crevasses, & more.
Coming to the end, drivers head inland to embark on the 'Golden Circle' of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur (active geyser), Geysir Hot Spring & more.