Driving in F-Roads in Iceland

02.03.2017

Driving on F-Roads in Iceland

For most people, Iceland’s highlands are a must-see during their visit. Unlike various other tourist attractions, which are easily accessible, the highlands can only be accessed via the country’s F-roads. These roads are identifiable by an ‘F’ on road maps, and will take drivers into the more treacherous, albeit beautiful, parts of the natural landscape. It is essential that you fully understand how to approach the F-roads before you embark upon your journey, as they can be quite dangerous; the following blog post will give you everything you need to know.

Why should you visit the F-roads?

With so many restrictions around opening times and usage, you might be wondering why you should bother visiting the F-roads - but we can guarantee that these areas of Iceland are well worth the extra preparation. Driving your own rental car along the F-roads allows you to fully immerse yourself in the incredible scenery, offering great photo opportunities and an unforgettable location for a picnic lunch; just remember to find somewhere safe to park up, as you don’t want to obstruct any other vehicles or put yourself in danger.  

How to drive on F-roads?

Due to the challenging terrain, F-roads are only suitable for certain kind of cars, such as AWD vehicles or 4x4s. You will not be able drive into the highlands in a standard passenger vehicle, so it’s worth getting in touch with your rental company to discuss the right kind of car for your trip. At Orange Car Rental, we can also offer advice on the best routes to take, as our experts have great local knowledge and will be able to tell you which F-roads are best to start on and which are more advanced.

When are F-roads open?

F-roads are not open all year round, as they become far too dangerous to drive on in the winter months. Most F-roads open from June to September, but while they may be accessible to the general public, they are by no means safe during this period. As a result of the frequent closures of the F-roads, they are not regularly maintained, so you should be prepared to come across large holes in the roads, plus rocks and other debris. Below is a rough timetable of the various F-roads and their opening times, but more information can be found here:
 

MOUNTAIN (F-) ROADS – 2012 -2017

Opening Date earliest

Opening Date latest

Opening Date median

Lakagígar, F206

05.06.

09.07.

23.06.

 

 

 

 

Fjallabaksleið nyrðri, F208

 

 

 

1. Sigalda - Landmannalaugar

31.05.

26.06.

15.06.

2. Laugar - Eldgjá

07.06.

17.07.

27.06.

3. Eldgjá - Skaftártunga

07.06.

26.06.

14.06.

 

 

 

 

Fjallabaksleið syðri, F210

 

 

 

1. Keldur - Hvanngil

12.06.

17.07.

02.07.

2. Hvanngil - Skaftártunga

12.06.

23.07.

01.07.

 

 

 

 

Landmannaleið (Dómad.), F225

07.06.

03.07.

20.06.

 

 

 

 

Emstruleið, F261

12.06.

10.07.

29.06.

 

 

 

 

Kjalvegur, 35

 

 

 

1. Gullfoss - Hveravellir

05.06.

01.07.

16.06.

2. Hveravellir - Blönduvirkjun

05.06.

25.06.

14.06.

 

 

 

 

Sprengisandur, F26

 

 

 

1. Hrauneyjar - Nýidalur

15.06.

10.07.

26.06.

2. Nýidalur - Bárðardalur

29.06.

10.07.

26.07.

 

 

 

 

Skagafjarðarleið, F752

29.06.

16.07.

05.07.

 

 

 

 

Eyjafjarðarleið, F821

01.07.

24.07.

10.07.

 

 

 

 

Öskjuleið, F88

 

 

 

1. Inn að Herðubreiðarlindum

14.06.

26.06.

22.06.

2. Herðubreiðarlindir - Dreki

15.06.

26.06.

22.06.

 

 

 

 

Öskjuvatnsvegur, F894

15.06.

24.07.

02.07.

 

 

 

 

Vesturd. (Hljóðaklettar), F862

24.05.

24.06.

16.06.

 

 

 

 

Kverkfjalaleið, F902

14.06.

27.06.

22.06.

 

 

 

 

Uxahryggjavegur, 52

24.04.

31.05.

02.05.

 

 

 

 

Kaldadalsvegur, 550

05.06.

07.07.

13.06


If you’re looking to explore Iceland’s F-roads during your visit, then we’d be more than happy to offer advice, from the right vehicle to rent through to the best roads to take to suit your needs. Take a look at our brilliant range of 4x4 cars to get started.

If you have any enquiries or questions at all then feel free to get in touch with our expert team today and they’ll be more than happy to assist you in any way that they can. You can contact our office on +354 511 3111 or info@orangecarrental.is.

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