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F-Roads in Iceland

These mountain roads in the highlands of Iceland bring danger and adventure, making it one of experiences you will never forget


Drivers who like to face adventure and feel the adrenalin should absolutely take a trip to Icelandic highlands and take a ride along the F-Roads.

These roads are considered some of the most dangerous in the world. At the same time, they take you to some hidden places, and that is the beauty of them. To drive these roads, you need two things: a rental 4x4 car and full concentration.

These roads are usually located in the middle of the country, on elevations around 400-500 m. Their landscape consists of glaciers, rocks, mountain rivers and black volcanic sands. Many of them pass glaciers such as Vatnajokull glacier, the third largest in Europe. You will also have to drive close to some active volcanoes. So make sure you choose the right time, from June till September, and then hit the road!

Practical info

What makes F-Roads in Iceland so dangerous?

The rugged terrain of F-Roads in Iceland comprising gravel, sand, lava rocks, and shallow rivers makes them dangerous. Owing to the roads being unpaved, narrow, and winding, they demand utmost attention and concentration from drivers. Navigating the steep inclines, declines, and sharp turns is a difficult task. These roads are perilous primarily due to their challenging topography. Show more

What kind of car do I need to drive on the F-Roads?

For traversing F-Roads in Iceland safely, it's recommended to have a 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance. Regular passenger cars are strictly prohibited on F-Roads by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration over safety concerns. Car rental companies offer suitable cars that come with GPS devices that indicate the permissible areas for off-road driving. Show more

Are there any hidden places worth seeing on F-Roads?

F-Roads offer visitors breathtaking scenery and unique natural wonders such as glacier lagoons, hot springs, volcanic craters, waterfalls, and wildlife. These roads traverse some of Iceland's remote areas providing glimpses of bright coloured mountains, vast and untouched expanse of the Sprengisandur desert that is a paradise for hikers. Landmannalaugar offers a visitor the glimpse of an area full of colourful mountains. Show more

What kind of landscape can I expect on F-Roads in Iceland?

F-Roads of Iceland traverse through unique landscapes characterized by dramatic valleys, high mountains, active volcanoes, rugged coastlines, ancient glaciers, and black sand beaches. Mossy lava fields, snow-capped peaks, emerald green foothills are other views that drivers will come across. These wind through Iceland's exceptional climate and geology providing a glimpse of the geological wonders Iceland has to offer. Show more

What is the best time of year to drive on F-Roads?

Late June to early September is the best time for driving through F-Roads in Iceland since most roads are open for navigation and the weather is perfect for traveling. The temperatures are milder, and the risk of snow and ice is minimal. Furthermore, the stunning natural beauty that Iceland offers is prime during the late summer, making it the perfect time to capture the pictures of the beautiful landscape on camera. Show more

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