Route 622 is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s located in the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. The trail is extreme, just for 4x4. Some say it’s the most terrifying road in the country. That is an insanely beautiful route to take with the road carved into and under cliffs and great mountain views all the way.
The road, also known as Svalvogur road, is 22km long. It links Þingeyri and Lokinhamrar, going along the Dýrafjördur and Arnarfjördur fjords. To drive on this trail you would need a 4WD vehicle with high ground clearance. Rough gravel, and even mud, and you have to go on low tide on the south part of it. Remember that inexperienced drivers can easily lose control of the car on unpaved roads.
After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. The weather can change very rapidly and driving conditions therefore too. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to impassable. The lowest lying parts of the route are usually washed away in winter storms and it is only open from spring through to the first storm.
Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Not many people go this remote and truly impressive road, and you should ask in the gas station at Þingeyri if the road is open. It closes every winter due to landslides and falling rocks.
If you dare to take the risk and travel along this bumpy route, sometimes called the Dream Road, be sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. The trail is a highly recommended 4WD route. It’s pretty narrow, with overhanging rocks in places, and right on the edge in other, and you have to make sure you drive some parts of it on low tide. In many places this road is nothing more than a very rocky and narrow track.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. It’s an insanely beautiful route to take with the road carved into and under cliffs and great mountain views all the way. The road offers spectacularly scenic shoreline on one hand and breathtaking mountain range, often referred to as ‘Westfjord Alps’ on the other.