During summer you can drive across the interior of Iceland, the Kjolur route, or the Sprengisandur route (4x4 only). Gaesavavotn route (4x4 only) is so rugged that the average speed hardly exceeds 10 km/hour.. Before setting off on the Highland routes, check the road conditions and remember that there are unbridged rivers to be forded!
Before setting off on the Highland routes, check the road conditions and remember that there are unbridged rivers to be forded!
Off road driving is strictly prohibited!
The uninhabited interior of Iceland is among
the very few relatively easily accessible such areas left in the
world. Its border is roughly drawn along the 400 m elevation and
within that frame we have about 80% of the total area of the country.
It consist mainly of moraines, sanded areas, lava fields, lakes and
glaciers. The green pearls or the vegetated oases are only to be found
where there is sufficient water. The landscapes are very varied and
beautiful. It is recommended to use 4wd vehicles because of the
various and changing condition of the tracks and unbridged rivers,
which have to be forded with the greatest of care. It is also recommended that people read the special brochure on driving
in the interior before heading up there and remember,
off road driving is strictly
Many of those who visit the interior catch the bug and the only
remedy is to revisit regularly.
Travelling across the interior was common during the Saga
period, but after that up to the middle of the 18th century,
superstition kept people away. Nowadays an increasing
number of people enjoy
this part of the country the whole year round.