Tour of Iceland 5 – Highlands Gravel Roads

Landmannalaugar on Road F225

River crossing entering Landmmannaulaugar. Nikon D750, 220 mm (80-400.0 mm ƒ/4.5-5.6) 1/1250 sec ƒ/8 ISO 800

River crossing entering Landmmannaulaugar. Nikon D750, 220 mm (80-400.0 mm ƒ/4.5-5.6) 1/1250 sec ƒ/8 ISO 800

The trip to Landmannalaugar, a famous destination for its hiking trails, is of moderate difficulty, with just a few river crossings that should be no problem for a 4WD. It runs Norh-East on road 26, just off the Ring Road 1, to road F225 and then a full East, for extimated three hours on each way. Take some food supplies with you if you are not on a diet, since there are no stores along the road and the store at Landmannalaugar is not reliable as far as opening hours. You can take a guide at Landmannalaugar for hikings of a few hours to four or more days.

Hrossaborg Caldera on road F88

The road to the Hrossaborg caldera is an easy approach to off-road driving. It’s a 44 km drive on Ring Road 1 from Lake Myvatn to the F88 intersection. From here it’s just a few kilometers to the volcano with no water in between, excepted just a muddy pot near the site.

Mount Askja on road F88

On the contrary, the drive to Mount Askja is no piece of cake.  It runs 87 km on F88 gravel road, in a harsh environment that changes from volcanic gravel to solid lava rock. It is advisable to start early in the day, or the road will seem endless, and always drive in at least a two car convoy. A few water pots and river-crossing will entertain the drivers. Don’t stop at the first camp site but drive to the second parking area, since the trail from there is only 2.5 km, compared to 8 km the other way. Walk through a snowy plateau to the  Mount Askja caldera and the lake, where you’ll be admitted to a really unique spectacle.

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