Our brief vacation through this little country, among the northernmost land masses on the planet and home to fewer people than Pittsburgh proper, began with an exhausting but exhilarating Day 1 and continued with an even longer trip across the southern coastline for Day 2.
It's called Ring Road -- though not necessarily by the natives -- and it does exactly what it sounds like: It forms a ring, basically, around the country, offering not only a vital connection for the citizens but also a convenient travelogue for visitors like us. It runs through many of the most famous natural wonders here. It generally takes a day or so if one wants to drive nonstop around Ring Road, so we just went about three hours out along the lower stretch, stopping at the magnificent wall of waterfalls at Seljalandsfoss, then on the iconic black sand beach at Reynisfjara, among many other surreal sights.
Our video for Day 2:
The temps dropped into the lower 40s, and the rain you see near the end of the video would rapidly switch to sleet. Yeah, on a beach in the summertime. And if that isn't great enough, the air is cleaner than any human should have a right to breathe.