Not all overseas holidays are about travelling to the sun and Iceland is a prime example.

It’s not the kind of place you’ll head if you want to top up your tan, but is a destination becoming ever more popular with people who want to try something a little bit different to the norm…

A great way to explore the rugged beauty of the island is to hire a car and hit Þjóðvegur 1, or the Ring Road, which is the main route that heads around the island.

Covering more than 1,300km in total, the Ring Road connects the capital city Reykjavik with Iceland’s other major settlements.

Most of the road is paved, but there are some gravel sections and you won’t be surprised to know that during the middle of winter, the road conditions can be tricky.

As well as connecting the cities, the Ring Road passes by some of Iceland’s top attractions - such as the Jökulsárlón glacial lake and the stunningly beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The Blue Lagoon, whilst not on the route itself, is also easily accessible.

Take a trip at your own leisure around Þjóðvegur 1 and you can marvel at majestic fjords and glaciers, take in stunning views of volcanoes and waterfalls, enjoy a dip in geothermal springs and, of course, to gaze at the majestic sight of the Northern Lights.

Completing the full loop isn’t a quick trip, but it’ll certainly be a memorable one.

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