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Ten panoramic roads that will take your breath away – Part 1.

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MYVAN has put together a list of ten panoramic roads for you that offer the perfect views on your road trip. Part 1 takes us from Europe’s western island nations to the most northern and southern reaches of America.

#1 Iceland: journey around the ring.

The Hringvegur ring road circumnavigates the entire island, revealing incredible natural wonders. The road runs past the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, along the fjords on the east coast, past the Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers in the Golden Circle. Along the way, you can stop and watch birds, whales and one or the other puffin. The 1,300 kilometre long route is almost entirely on sealed road and is easy to complete within a week. However, we recommend taking at least two weeks to truly enjoy all of the highlights. Near the end of the year, you even have the chance to see the Northern lights. Tip: when planning your trip, bear in mind that the weather conditions in Iceland at any time of year can mean that some bridges may be blocked and the roads icy.

A waterfall surrounded by a snowy landscape

The Gullfoss waterfall plunges 70 metres into a deep gorge and is one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks.

#2 Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way.

At 2,600 kilometres long, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the world’s longest named coastal roads. Depending on which direction you drive in, the route begins or ends in Kinsale in southern Ireland and runs along the west coast toward Ireland’s largest peninsular, Inishown, in the far north. Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way takes around ten days. But spending more time to explore the west coast is definitely worthwhile. There is so much to see and discover along the route: the Irish Connemara Ponies, the amazing Cliffs of Moher or the fantastic Ring of Kerry panoramic coastal road.

Kilometre long cliffs rise out of the sea beneath the cloudy sky

The kilometre long, breathtakingly steep cliffs are the highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

#3 Scotland: the Outer Hebrides.

The Outer Hebrides, an island chain on the north-west coast of Scotland, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean offer a road trip through wild country, past dark freshwater lakes, peat bogs and green heathlands. The island chain is 208 kilometres long and the main islands, Lewis and Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra are connected either by road or ferry. They are also home to the incredible Callanish standing stones. We recommend travelling there between May and July as these are the sunniest months.

Standing stones on a green field

A must for Scotland enthusiasts: the Callanish Stones are the largest known stone formation in Scotland.

#4 Canada: the Icefields Parkway.

The 230 kilometre long Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rocky Mountains numbers among the world’s most beautiful mountain roads. The route will lead you through the Banff and Jasper National parks, taking you past turquoise lakes, breath-taking glaciers and sprawling valleys. You need roughly three hours for the route. But it makes more sense to take the entire day to discover the numerous hiking trails, stop for a picnic and enjoy the beautiful vistas. Remember to fill up your vehicle before you head out. There is only one filling station at Saskatchewan River Crossing and the fuel prices reflect this.

A sealed road runs through a pine forest toward the mountains

When driving along the Icefields Parkway, you have a fantastic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

#5 Argentina: Ruta 40.

Would you like to journey through all of the climate zones while always staying on the same road with neither traffic lights nor border controls? Ruta 40 runs from north to south through Western Argentinian and is an incredible 5,000 kilometres long. It takes you through steppes and sheep pastures to the towering Andes. Some stretches are completely deserted and others heavily populated. The unpredictable weather makes the journey along the national road an adventure. The road is not completely sealed, which also makes the drive a challenge.

A road sign stands on a sandy road in front of a mountain range

The world’s longest highway offers fantastic landscapes.

Photos: Florian Selig (website header); Anthony Letmon (Argentina)

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