F208 is one of the most dangerous roads in Iceland but one of the most scenic drives in the country. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Expect very tough driving conditions with potholes, rocks, uneven terrain and even rivers to ford.
Lago del Sambuco is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.435 m above the sea level, located in the district of Leventina in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The road to the lake is outstanding. It’s one of the scariest roads in the country and it’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos. Imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.
The Rosi Mittermeier Tunnel is the highest road tunnel in Europe, at an elevation of 2,830 m (9,285 ft) above the sea level. It’s located in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, Austria.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. This unique and spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps stretches over 37km and reaches an altitude of 2,450 metres. This is an area of immense snowfall, and when the road opens in mid May, it is surrounded on both sides by walls of snow 15 meters tall.
Located in the middle of the Dolomites, in the Italian Belluno province, part of the Veneto region, the road along the Serrai di Sottoguda gorges is one of the narrowest roads in the world. The Sottoguda gorge is closed to traffic. Only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed.
The Road to Fontana Amoroza, located on the Akamas Peninsula at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, as well as one of the world’s best coastal drives. The road starts with a sign which - truthfully- says "Do not enter - dangerous for cars". The route demands 100% concentration.
Baboons Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.689m (8,822ft) above the sea level located in the Maseru District of Lesotho. This pass near Ramabanta is one of the most remote, roughest and impassable passes in the country -- more suitable for donkeys than for vehicles. It's one of the highest mountain passes of Lesotho.
Located in the Gilgit district, Northern Areas, in northern Pakistan, the Khaltaro Valley Road is one of the scariest roads ever. Imagine a narrow gravel road, very steep (up to 15%) with horrendous drops on both sides. Welcome to hell! Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down.
Located in the Andes on the Argentina–Chile border, at an elevation of 19,000ft (5,800m) above the sea level, the Refugio Tejos is commonly regarded as the highest mountain hut in the world. The track is extreme. Only4x4 vehicles with expert drivers. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Chile.
The Forgotten World Highway is one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. This highly memorable driving journey is remote and mysterious to the extreme. This scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 220-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Mont Malamot is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.885m (9,465ft) above the sea level, located in the northern Cottian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The road to the summit is permanently closed to motorized vehicles. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Col de Viraysse is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.746m (9,009ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, in the southwestern part of the Alps, in southeastern France. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s terrible narrow and the drop offs are a bit intimidating. There’s only enough room for one car to go up. There is no turning around if you change you mind. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Lago di Teleccio is a high mountain artificial lake at an elevation of 1.918m above the sea level, located in the Italian region Piedmont, within the Gran Paradiso National Park. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The road is really steep, with sections up to 15.7% and includes 20 hairpin turns. It is narrow, so keep the speed down and be ready to move over and make room for oncoming vehicles.
The Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline is one of the most challenging drives on Earth. Located in the northern Tōhoku region of Japan, this road with 66 hairpin turns will make you carsick just looking at it. This scenic toll road goes from the foot of Mt. Iwaki up to the eighth station, at 1,247 meters (4,091 feet) above the sea level. It’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.
Poughkeepsie Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 12,919 feet (3,938 meters) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains outside of Ouray, in San Juan County, Colorado, USA. It’s a challenging trail that should only be attempted by those who how have pretty build vehicle capable of handling very tough conditions. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado.
Railroad Ridge is a high mountain ridge at an elevation of 3.180m (10,433ft) above the sea level located in central Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, in USA. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point and stay away if you're scared of heights. It’s said to be the highest road accessible to full-size vehicles in Idaho.
Located in the Itum-Kale district of the Republic of Chechnya, near the border between Russia and Georgia, Tsoi-Pede, is a medieval necropolis. It’s one of the largest medieval cemeteries in the Caucasus, included in the list of the seven most remote Russian attractions. Along the way there’s a memorial for two Russians that went over the edge. Apart from the terrible drop there is also the danger of ambush.
Located in the county of Northumberland, in the extreme Northeast corner of England, just a few miles south of the border with Scotland, it lies a tidal island known as Holy Island, also called Lindisfarne. Twice a day the ancient path to the island disappears with the tides, leaving the Holy Island of Lindisfarne out to sea. Each year there are many reports of people 'risking it' and having to be rescued from one of the raised safety points on the causeway.
Lac de Derborence is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.465 m (4,806ft) above the sea level, located in the Lizerne valley in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It’s a narrow road with a long stretch of continuous hand crafted tunnels and windows with hairy 300m drop-offs.
Located in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, in Sandoval County, in USA, the Gilman Tunnels blasted out of the rock in the 1920’s, were originally used for a logging railroad and are quite high. The drive, in the Santa Fe National Forest, is definitely worth it.
Located in the Tushar Mountains of south-central Utah, in Piute County, in USA, the Forest Road 123 is a very challenging drive. The track climbs up to 3.496m (11,469 ft) above the sea level. It’s said to be the Utah’s highest road. The road, also knownand signed as the Big John Flat road, is 16.0 miles long.