Route 622 is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s located in the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. 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. If you have a Jeep, 4x4 experience, time and steel nerves, It is possible to drive this road.
The Skalkaho Highway is a 54 mile drive that runs between the Bitterroot Valley and the Philipsburg Valley, in the Sapphire Mountains in southwest Montana, USA. This mostly unpaved route climbs through the Sapphire Mountains, a remote and seldom visited part of Montana. Elk, mule deer, badgers, coyotes, and black bears can be seen along the highway.
Tizi n'Test is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.092m (6,867 ft) above the sea level located in Taroudant Province of the Souss-Massa-Drâa region of Morocco. It's one of the most spectacular drives in the country. The drive up to pass is not for the faint-hearted…… Some experience of mountain roads is advisable. It's passable thanks to an amazing piece of French engineering. The trip is thus not recommended for those with more than mild vertigo.
The Swartberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.583m (5,193ft) above sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The pass is traversed by the R328 road. Climbing 1.000 metres in 12 kilometres, it's one of the steepest passes in the country. The road is gravel and sand but you don’t need a big 4x4 car to climb the pass.
Hardknott Pass is known as one of Britain's most challenging roads. This single track road right through the middle of the Lake District National Park, in the region of Cumbria, England, it’s a heart-stopping series of sharp and narrow hairpin bends. It’s said to be the steepest road in England with a gradient of 1 in 3 (about 33%).
The Great Alpine Road is a country tourist road in Victoria, Australia, with a length of 303 km (188 mi). This asphalted road, officially known as B500, was opened in 1998 and runs from Wangaratta, in the northeast of Victoria to Bairnsdale, a small city in East Gippsland, Victoria. The road goes through the Victorian Alps. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Route de Presles is a stunning mountain road located in the Isère department in southeastern France. The road is 7 km carved into the mountains. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the most spectacular balcony roadsin the country. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
Khardung La, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The narrow dirt road to reach the pass was built in 1976 and it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988. It’s one of the highest motorable roads in the world.
Gavia Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.621m (8,599ft) above the sea level, located in the Lombardy region, Italy. The pass is traversed by the SP29 road, and it’s often used on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Italy. It's perhaps the most challenging climb of all. It is an extremely difficult climb, with a combination of length, average gradients, maximum gradient and elevation gain not matched by any other climb in Europe.
Passo San Boldo is a mountain pass located between the cities of Trichiana and Tovena (Cison di Valmarino) in Veneto, Italy, at an elevation of 706 m (2,316 ft) that lies in the northern reaches of the Italian Alps. The most challenging part of the climb is a short stretch of 700m including 7 hairpin turns. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Forcella Lavardet is a high mountain pass in the Dolomites-Alps range, at an elevation of 1.542m (5,000ft) above the sea level, located on the municipality of Vigo di Cadore (Italy). The road has 14 sharp turns that seem to lie on one another, gradually climbing up to the top of the pass. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.
The Col du Parpaillon is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.780m (9,120ft) above the sea level located in the Cottian Alps of southern France in the Parpaillon massif. The pass connects the Ubaye valley in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department with Embrun in Hautes-Alpes. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
The Passo dello Spluga is an international high mountain pass, at an elevation of 2.115m (6,939ft) above the sea level, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It's one of the highest asphalted roads of the Alps. Hairpins and great views make this one to see and drive. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
In Madeira there’s a rather peculiar and dangerous road called Estrada Regional 101 (ER101). It is the oldest and most beautiful road of the island. Due to Madeira' s dramatic coast line, the road has many curves, narrow passages and steep climbs and descents, and is rugged, slow and old. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Russian Federal Highway (M56 Kolyma Highway) connects Magadan and Yakutsk – actually, Nizhny Bestyakh on the eastern bank of Lena River at Yakutsk-, where the coldest temperature ever recorded outside Antarctica was recorded. It crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.
The Assietta Road is a military carriageway along the ridge that gathers Pian dell’Alpe to Sestriere, located in the Province of Torino, In Italy. The track unfolds for over 30 km, almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level. The road just opens from June 1st to October 31st, and transit is forbidden to vehicles over 3,5 tons weight and over 2 metres wide. It’s not a road for beginners.
Hagerman Pass is a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 11,925ft (3.635m) above the sea level, located near Leadville, Colorado, in USA. The pass crosses the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. The road is not difficult, but high clearance is recommended. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
Jacob’s Ladder is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Ben Lomond Ranges, Tasmania. The road climbs up to Ben Lomond Mountain, at an elevation of 1.570m (5,150ft) above the sea level. The road is unsealed and the final climb up Jacob’s Ladder to the plateau is steep. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
La piste de l'amitié is an extreme dirt track with a length of 110 km in the Mercantour, Maritime Alps, in the Franco-Italian border. The road is also known as Piste du Marguareïs. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.
Sani Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,876m (9,400ft) above the sea level, located in the western end of Kwa Zulu-Natal province of South Africa on the road between Underberg and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. It is a route that connects Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho. It is a notoriously dangerous road, which requires the use of a 4x4 vehicle. It’s a serie of winding twists, hairpins, plunging drops and mind-blowing scenery. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Col du Mont-Cenis (Colle del Moncenisio) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,083m (6,827ft) above the sea level, located in Savoie, France, which forms the limit between the Cottian and Graian Alps. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps.