Red / black: the ring road around the main part of the island. The road is signed
with the number 1 and the whole distance around is approximatly 1'500 km
(1'000 miles). In the interior of the ring road you'll find only Jeep tracks
(apart the south west). These tracks open only during the summer months of July/August,
depending on the snow situation. More informationen
about the roads in Iceland.
The white spots on the map are glaciers. Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in
Europe (8'300 km2). All other glaciers of
Europe summarized will find place in it.
Nearly all villages are situated along the coastline, only in the south west
between Reykjavik and Vik, where the climate is more mild and agriculture is
possible. All other parts of Iceland live mostly from fishing and extensive pastureland.