Driving on mountain roads in Iceland

When travelling in Iceland, special consideration must be applied to all roads with the letter F in front of the road number, f.ex F-26. The letter indicates that the road is a mountain road (Fjallavegur) and requires a vehicle with 4-wheel drive.

The F-roads are mostly located in the middle of the country where wilderness is dominant along with high elevation. Most of the area in the middle of the country is called the highlands, which is on average higher than 300 meters above sea level.

The main attractions located on the highlands are: Hveravellir, Landmannalaugar, Askja (volcanic area), Kverkfjöll, Laki, Eldhraun, Kerlingafjöll & Þórsmörk.

The mountain roads in Iceland open on average around mid-June, sometimes earlier and sometimes later. The reason for the limited opening time of the mountain roads is that during early summer the vegetation is in a very vulnerable state as the snow melts and frozen earth thaws. This creates both difficult and dangerous road conditions, sometimes even quick sands.

The need to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle is only necessary when you plan to visit the highlands or F-roads during your trip. Otherwise all major attractions are accessible with a normal vehicle. In general most of the roads leading to major attractions are paved, all roads leading to towns as well as the ring road are paved.

All of our cars are allowed on the F-roads except the motor-homes & Toyota Yaris. For further information on road conditions in Iceland you can visit the website of the Icelandic road and coastal administration: http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather/condition-of-mountain-tracks/ Or call them at +354 1777

Here is a pamphlet with additional information along with an estimation on when the f-roads open to the public.

If you have any questions concerning the mountain roads or simply a question about travelling in Iceland you can always contact our staff who will gladly assist you with your travels.