The Ring Road, or Route 1, is Iceland’s only real highway. Although 'highway' is perhaps a bit of a stretch, since it mostly has only a single lane in each direction, gets partially shut down in winter and, like most other roads in Iceland, turns to gravel when you least expect it. But for the most part it is an excellent road, and a very convenient way to take in many of Iceland's highlights – some of which are located right next to it. 1330 km long, this circular route makes life easy for hitch-hikers and those wanting to make use of the (infrequent) buses, and limits your decisions to which direction you want to travel in and whether you wish to make any detours. Having your own car is the ideal way to experience Iceland though, because while the Ring Road takes you past many of the country’s highlights, there are plenty of beautiful and interesting detours (particularly in the west, north-west and east) that you would not want to miss.