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

12.05.

22.06.

07.06.

 

     

Fjallabaksleið nyrðri, F208

     

1. Sigalda - Landmannalaugar

12.05.

13.06.

01.06.

2. Laugar - Eldgjá

20.05.

22.06.

14.06.

3. Eldgjá - Skaftártunga

12.05.

29.06.

28.05.

       

Fjallabaksleið syðri, F210

     

1. Keldur - Hvanngil

12.05.

03.07.

26.06.

2. Hvanngil - Skaftártunga

20.05.

29.06.

20.06.

       

Landmannaleið (Dómad.), F225

12.05.

22.06.

08.06.

 

     

Emstruleið, F261

20.05.

29.06.

26.06.

 

     

Kjalvegur, 35

     

1. Gullfoss - Hveravellir

26.05.

15.06.

09.06.

2. Hveravellir - Blönduvirkjun

26.05.

22.06.

08.06.

       

Sprengisandur, F26

     

1. Hrauneyjar - Nýidalur

13.06.

03.07.

25.06.

2. Nýidalur - Bárðardalur

13.06.

03.07.

25.06.

       

Skagafjarðarleið, F752

13.06.

06.07.

29.06.

 

     

Eyjafjarðarleið, F821

13.06.

06.07.

17.06.

 

     

Öskjuleið, F88

     

1. Inn að Herðubreiðarlindum

13.06.

20.07.

17.06.

2. Herðubreiðarlindir - Dreki

13.06.

29.06.

17.06.

       

Öskjuvatnsvegur, F894

13.06.

20.07.

18.06.

 

     

Vesturd. (Hljóðaklettar), F862

16.05.

16.06.

01.06.

 

     

Kverkfjalaleið, F902

07.06.

21.06.

15.06.

 

     

Uxahryggjavegur, 52

15.04.

29.05.

06.05.

 

     

Kaldadalsvegur, 550

20.05.

09.06.

31.05

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

 

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