Let me start by saying that in 99% of the forums I've read, there's always someone who says, "You really can't properly do the Ring Road in less than 10 days. Ideally you'd have two weeks or more." I just find it so silly to say that because I think you could say that about most destinations; of course it would always be a welcome luxury to have more time. That being said, I did take that comment with a grain of salt and concluded that I would have to prioritize where we would stop.
The Ring Road is an 830 mile loop around the perimeter of Iceland; it's also known as Route 1. Technically, you could do the entire drive in under a day, but obviously, you're going to want to stop here and there. I decided to try and break the drive up into 150ish mile chunks and split the drive into 6 days. I also decided to do the drive counterclockwise since the southern portion seemed to have more stopping points and I wanted to start the trip off being a bit busier and end on a more chilled out vibe.
travel map, based on different people's recommendations and stuff I found on Pinterest but I'm going to have to go through and mark my primary choices, my secondary choices, and the spots that don't interest me much. I've already booked all of our hotel rooms - one night in each city - so the main objective will be to get from one city to the next in the day. Ranking the sites means that when we're on the road, we have a priority schedule but we also have a Plan B in case any wrenches get thrown at Plan A. The itinerary is still a work in progress but it's getting there. Yes, yes, I know; I'm a freak.
By the way, I was cracking up at the automated response after I sent them a query through the website and I had to screenshot and share it. Like I said, so far, I really love their customer service but I will do a full update once we've actually rented from them.
I'm also trying to figure out if it's worthwhile to go to Tivoli Gardens and I'm thinking maybe we'll go after dinner and enjoy it with the lights on. I think if we go on Saturday, we'll manage to see it decorated for Halloween, which I think will be loads of fun.
In preparation for the cold weather, I've bought a few bits and bobs from Uniqlo's heattech range, which has great reviews; I found a thread on Reddit praising it so I have high hopes. And I'm sure I'll be using it with equal pleasure in Denmark and in Iceland. Honestly though, I'm not that nervous because I've read that the average temps are on the order of 40F, which isn't that scary, even if the windchill makes it feel like 30F. I've also read that if you can endure a Mid Atlantic winter (which I have every year of my life) then you can survive Iceland (and Denmark).