We headed out on this journey and we made approximately 1332 km in 3 days. The idea of this project was better understanding the perception of a travel as a whole process that consists of making stops along the road at touristic attractions but also – what’s the subject of this post – of the concept of the travel itself as an activity or movement between two locations.
On our previous travels around Iceland, we spent a significant amount of time in a car to get from one point to another. And while watching the photos of the past trips we had this feeling that something was missing, as driving itself to a designated destination is a worth remembering process that used to neglect.
Being on the Ringroad is a very special experience as interesting as the places to which you want to get to. We compare it sometimes to being in a 360° cinema watching ever-changing contrasting Icelandic landscapes on the screens/car windows around us.
On our last trip in June 2018, we did this experiment and made the sequence of the photos only through our car windows in order to consciously acknowledge the journey itself.
Just in one hour of driving on Icelandic Ringroad, you can experience sunny weather, sandstorm, snowstorm, rain or you can find yourself being on a road totally covered in mist that suddenly came down to the valley from surrounding mountain peaks.
The road leads along the coastline of Atlantic Ocean, passes through lava fields, black deserts covered in volcanic ash, glacial rivers, barren plains covered in rouged vegetation, glaciers, volcanoes, read and violet soil rich in iron.
This is part 1 of the Ring road Photo Sequence project and in the next post, we will share the views from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik via North to close the circle. Between this 2 parts, we stayed 2 nights in a Summerhouse near Eglisstadir – our favorite area in Iceland.
arriving at the destination
Part 2 – North – from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik coming soon