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Driving Iceland’s Ring Road

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure travel experience, a road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road will not disappoint. There’s nothing like a good road trip - especially when driving past active volcanoes, blue icebergs, roaring waterfalls, and northern lights!

Iceland’s Ring Road encircles the entire country covering over 800 miles on Route 1. While you could technically drive the whole thing in less than 24 hours, the reality is it will take you at least a week with stops on along the way.

Renting a car for your Iceland road trip is essential. There are bus tours that drive the route, but by driving the circle yourself you'll have more flexibility, and can choose how long you want to spend at each location.

In summer this means you could be enjoying the sights until the middle of the night, but in winter you might want to get to your accommodation before it gets dark, but then look up in the sky during cloudless nights in search for the auroras. However we wouldn't recommend driving yourself in winter unless you are familiar with driving on ice and snow.

Most people start their Ring Road adventure from Reykjavik or Keflavik Airport. Don’t miss the chance to spend some time in the vibrant and colourful capital Reykavik either at the beginning or end of your trip.

From there, there are also separate trips to the Golden Circle (highlights include Thingvellir National Park where the Earth’s tectonic plates are being ripped apart, exploding geysers, and the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall), and the infamous Blue Lagoon to do, then look to head off around the Ring Road.

During your road trip around the Ring Road, see huge waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, go hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier, check out the abandoned plane wreckage on Sólheimasandur Beach, look out for the magical northern lights – especially on the east coast, investigate the hot springs and other geothermal features in the Myvatn Lake area and go whale watching in the fjords around Akureyri.

This roadtrip really has something for everyone – enjoy the beautiful country of Iceland in all its glory!

To find out more about hiring a car from Green Motion Iceland, visit www.greenmotion.com


Romania Travel Guide

Rugged Romania doesn’t fail to charm with its modern cities, rocky mountain landscapes and fascinating history and culture. The capital makes for the perfect introduction to the country. Explore its world-class museums and galleries, hit the boutique shops to bag a bargain or follow the locals to one of the bustling city restaurants or bars. While it’s tempting to stick to just the capital Bucharest, there’s so much more to discover beyond the city walls. Your best bet is to pick up one of the Romania car rentals which offers the freedom to explore at your own pace. Whether you’ll looking to satisfy that inner culture vulture or hit the hiking trails in search of some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife, you’ll always find something which fits the bill.

Dining in Romania

While Romanian cuisine might not have had its day in the lime light, dining out is always a pleasure. The country is known for its hearty, rustic cuisine where pork is king. For first timers, it would be unthinkable not to try the national dish sarmale, cabbage rolls stuffed with minced pork and rice. Then there’s ciorba de burta, a rich, buttery soup made from tripe, and balmos, a polenta dish topped with melted Romanian cheese. Head out of the city in your Romania car hire, and there are more treats to be found like mititei, a type of minced meat sausage, and a meat ball dish called cighiri. You can sign off any meal with papanasi, a traditional doughnut toped with sour cream and jam.

Attractions in Romania

Romania isn’t short on things to do. After you’ve explored the dazzling attractions in the capital, you can hop in your car rental from Bucharest and head off into rural Romania to explore the countries other attractions. History buffs looking for their fix shouldn’t miss one of the country’s most celebrated castles like the 19th century Peles Castle or Bran Castle, once the home of the rulers who inspired the stories of Dracula. Then there’s Romania’s natural wonders like Salina Turda, an impressive underground salt mine, Scărișoara Cave which houses Europe’s second largest underground glacier, or Berca Mud Volcano which has been likened to the surface of the moon.

Romania driving routes

If you’ve picked up your car rental in Romania during the summer months, you’re in for a treat. The famous Transfagarasan, Romania’s second highest route, has been named the best road in the world. The road links Sibiu to Pitesti and twists and turns through hairpin bends, through tunnels and across viaducts for more than 151 kilometres providing some of the most exciting driving imaginable. Along the way, there are some magnificent natural wonders to stop at including Balea Waterfall and Vidraru Lake. It’s worth remembering that the road is only open during the summer as winter brings the threat of snowy avalanches.

Romania car rental

So, you’re sold on a car hire in Romania. The easiest place to pick up your vehicle is at Bucharest’s international airport. Its just a short drive down into the capital and most of the hotels. Be sure to pick a hotel which has parking as spots to leave your car overnight can be a little tricky to find. In Romania, motorists drive on the right and overtake on the left. It’s worth remembering that the use of your horn is prohibited in urban areas between 10pm and 6am. Driving limits are in keeping with most of the rest of Europe – 50 kph in built up areas, 90 kph on the open road, 100 kph on the dual carriage ways and 130 kph on motorways.