Iceland's Highlands: A Scenic Trip on Kjalvegur F-road from Reykjavik to Akureyri

Hiker hiking at Kerlingarfjoll geohermal area in Iceland Highland.
Kerlingarfjoll mountain is a hiking paradise in Iceland´s highland.

Experience an unforgettable adventure through Iceland's Highlands as we travel along the magical F-road Kjalvegur (F35) from Reykjavik to Akureyri in North Iceland. This remarkable journey will take us through many fascinating sights, including the famous Golden Circle area, the geothermal wonders of Hveravellir, and the stunning peaks of Kerlingarfjöll mountains.

We'll explore Iceland's breathtaking landscapes and create unforgettable memories on this scenic route. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Iceland's Highlands.

Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park

Our expedition commences in Reykjavik, where we pick up our reliable 4x4 vehicle and set off towards the Golden Circle. Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the Almannagjá Gorge, walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, and witness the pristine Öxarárfoss waterfall. After soaking in the natural wonders of Thingvellir National Park, we continue our journey towards the highlands. Passing by the geothermal area of Geysir hot springs and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Thingvellir National Park to Hveravellir

Leaving Þingvellir and the Golden Circle behind, we venture deeper into the Highlands, following the F35 Kjalvegur towards the geothermal oasis of Hveravellir. Along the way, feast your eyes on vast lava fields and barren landscapes, as the dramatic scenery unfolds before us. As we arrive at Hveravellir, we are greeted by steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and the opportunity to soak in the soothing natural hot pools. Witnessing the raw power of nature in this remote wilderness is truly impressive.

Geyser at Hveravellir hot springs in Iceland Highland.
There are geysers and bubbling mud pots all over Hveravellir hot springs in Iceland´s Highland.

Hveravellir to Kerlingarfjoll

As we continue our journey along the F35 Kjalvegur, we venture towards the enchanting peaks of the Kerlingarfjoll mountains. Prepare to be mesmerized by the vivid rhyolite mountains and their constantly changing colors. Engage in exhilarating hikes, inhale the clean mountain air, and fully immerse yourself in this surreal terrain. The geothermal activity in the region adds an extra layer of fascination, with fumaroles and steam vents scattered throughout the landscape. Allow the peaceful beauty of Kerlingarfjoll to leave a lasting impression on your soul.

Kerlingarfjoll to Akureyri

As we leave the captivating allure of Kerlingarfjöll, we say goodbye to the Highlands and make our way towards the delightful town of Akureyri. The landscape transforms into picturesque fjords, lush valleys, and cascading waterfalls as we descend from the mountains. Our journey halts at Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods," admired for its breathtaking beauty and historical relevance. Finally, we arrive in Akureyri, where we can take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant streets, explore the charming shops and cafes, and admire the stunning scenery of Eyjafjörður.

Godafoss waterfall in north Iceland.
Godafoss waterfall in north Iceland is breathtaking beautiful.

Driving on F-roads

Driving through Iceland in the Highlands on the F-road Kjalvegur F35 is an extraordinary experience that allows you to witness the country's diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes.

However, please be aware that only 4X4/AWD vehicles are permitted to travel on F-roads, which are only accessible during the summer months from June to September. As these mountain roads can be challenging, and river crossings may be necessary we recommend renting large SUV´s. It is crucial to check the road conditions before embarking on a journey along F-roads, like Kjalvegur.

Travelling on F-roads can take longer than using regular roads, and there are no shops or petrol stations along the way. It is essential to carry enough fuel, food, and drinks for the entire trip. Iceland's highlands are filled with untouched wilderness, which is delicate and must be respected. Off-road driving is illegal and punishable by law, so please take care to protect our beautiful and sensitive environment.

Wangler Rubicon driving on an F-road in Iceland.
A powerful 4x4 like Wangler Rubicon is perfect for driving on F-roads in Iceland.

Conclusion

Now you are ready to explore the natural wonders of Þingvellir National Park, the geothermal paradise of Hveravellir, and the vibrant peaks of Kerlingarfjöll. Ending in the coastal charm of Akureyri, this journey which showcases the very best of Iceland's highlands.

So, gear up, embrace the spirit of adventure, and embark on this remarkable road trip, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to be captivated by the untamed beauty that awaits you in Iceland's Highland region!

For more information on driving in Iceland please visit our blogs. There you may also find interesting article on natural wonders as well as practical info regarding visiting Iceland.

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