It’s not often in a lifetime that you get to circumnavigate an entire country. And it’s not often that you come across an entire country that’s a small island whose most remarkable work of public infrastructure is a two-lane highway that hugs its coast. Iceland may be best known for ash clouds, Björk, and the world’s most democratic rebound from the 2008 financial collapse, but the Ring Road—or Route No. 1, as it’s known officially—is one of its best-kept secrets. My partner Rachel and I had been dreaming about taking the ultimate road trip for ages, and in October 2012, we made it happen.
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Image: The author finding his place in Iceland. Image by: Rachel Nolan.