What are F-roads in Iceland?

The F-Roads of Iceland, where should we begin. They are the most of everything. They take you to the most amazing places in the Highlands of Iceland while at the same time being the most dangerous roads to drive.

While driving your rental car through them, you can find some of the most amazing scenery Iceland has to offer. However, make sure to stop while enjoying it because no roads in Iceland require as much focus and concentration, as the F-roads do.

Travelling on the F-Roads of Iceland requires a 4x4 rental car. Blue Car Rental has a great selection of 4x4 rental cars. Everything from the Dacia Duster to the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser. In Iceland, you can also find various organized tours through the F-Roads, if you are not comfortable with driving your rental car through the challenges of the F-Roads. Keep in mind that your rental car is not insured when crossing rivers and waters, so be extra careful if you plan on driving yourself.

Please note, that F-roads are not like other regular gravel roads. They can be very rocky, steep and/or muddy, so we advise that beginner drivers do not attempt to drive on them.

How to drive F-roads in Iceland

  • A 4x4 car is required
  • Off-road driving is strictly forbidden
  • No insurance covers river crossings 
  • Highland roads are closed during winter time

When do F-roads open in Iceland?

The F-Roads are normally open from the beginning of June until the end of September.

 

MOUNTAIN ROADS

Opening Date earliest

Opening Date latest

Opening Date median

Lakagígar, F206

16.06.

09.07.

25.06.

 

     

Fjallabaksleið nyrðri, F208

     

1. Sigalda - Landmannalaugar

09.06.

26.06.

16.06.

2. Laugar - Eldgjá

19.06.

17.07.

30.06.

3. Eldgjá - Skaftártunga

13.06.

26.06.

17.06

       

Fjallabaksleið syðri, F210

     

1. Keldur - Hvanngil

30.06

17.07.

07.07.

2. Hvanngil - Skaftártunga

30.06.

23.07.

07.07.

       

Landmannaleið (Dómad.), F225

18.06.

03.07.

01.07.

 

     

Emstruleið, F261

27.06.

10.07

04.07.

 

     

Kjalvegur, 35

     

1. Gullfoss - Hveravellir

08.06

01.07.

17.06.

2. Hveravellir - Blönduvirkjun

02.06.

25.06.

13.06.

       

Sprengisandur, F26

     

1. Hrauneyjar - Nýidalur

20.06.

10.07.

29.06.

2. Nýidalur - Bárðardalur

20.06.

10.07.

30.06.

       

Skagafjarðarleið, F752

29.06.

16.07.

06.07.

 

     

Eyjafjarðarleið, F821

01.07.

24.07.

10.07.

 

     

Öskjuleið, F88

     

1. Inn að Herðubreiðarlindum

14.06.

26.06.

20.06.

2. Herðubreiðarlindir - Dreki

14.06.

26.06.

20.06.

       

Öskjuvatnsvegur, F894

14.06.

24.07.

30.06.

 

     

Vesturd. (Hljóðaklettar), F862

12.06.

24.06.

15.06

 

     

Kverkfjalaleið, F902

14.06.

27.06.

21.06.

 

     

Uxahryggjavegur, 52

24.04.

31.05.

03.05.

 

     

Kaldadalsvegur, 550

01.06.

07.07.

14.06.

Check weather and road conditions on the Public Roads Administration website or, tel. 1777

 

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