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Is there a shortage of restrooms along the Ring Road?

I can’t believe I’m asking this question but in my research I keep reading there’s a shortage of restrooms along the Ring Road and tourists are using the restroom at major sites in parking lots and other places. Is this true? Is it a good idea to bring wag bags? Thanks for your guidance here. Never would have thought I’d ask such a question but don’t want to get stuck without a place “to-go” along the way! 😄

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We drove the Ring Road 3 years ago and didn't have any problems finding restrooms. We have always followed the rule that if there is one available at a visitor center or gift shop, or gas station, or restaurant you should take advantage of it.

Posted by
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Thanks for that and good to know. Guess it’s old news or not accurate.

Posted by
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Well, steph, like any news it all depends on the source.

I know that there are some areas where it could be a long stretch between facilities, but not hours long. Maybe worse someplace like the West Fjords.

I agree with the advice to just take advantage of a restroom whenever you find it.

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I also had no issues finding a restroom along the ring road (2018). Agree that at some points, it was necessary to stop into little stores where the restrooms were for customers only. That was fine, as it prompted me to grab a much needed drink where I otherwise might not have.

Have fun, be safe, watch out for sheep!

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I just got back from Iceland 2 weeks ago. I spent 14 days driving the Ring Road, the Arctic Way and the West Fjords. I read the same things you did and was concerned about this. I was also worried about running out of gas due to warnings. Neither issue was an issue. There are public bathrooms at many of the sites, including in the Westfjords. If your gas tank gets under 1/2 tank, use Google Maps to search for gas stations on your route so you know how far away they are. Have a great trip!

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Thank you for all the answers. I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to get there! Sounds like restrooms are available enough!!

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Restrooms are everywhere, however if you are driving very early in the morning or late in the evening when stores/gas stations are closed, you may have to find a spot on the side of the road. Luckily the remote areas have lots of big rocks to go behind!

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We did the Ring Road on a tour. Our guide would advise us when there would be a long break in driving with no place with toilets.
I suggest trying to identify key areas where the gas stations, etc are available if you are self driving.

Also, get a good map, many of the sites we visited are detours from the Ring Road. In a week our driver told us we did about 1500 miles while he said that the Ring Road itself is about 1000 miles.