Road 626 (Hrafnseyrarvegur)

Road 626 is an awe-inspiring drive in the peninsula Westfjords

Road 626 (Hrafnseyrarvegur) is the name of a very scenic drive located on the coast of the fjord Dýrafjörður in the mountainous peninsula Westfjords of Iceland.

The road is 30.6 km (19.01 miles) long running from Þingeyri to Dynjandi, via Hrafnseyri. It’s totally unpaved but navigable by most passenger vehicles. However, a four -wheel drive is very helpful. It’s pretty defiant with high tide.

The road is very scenic with sweeping views of the coast and the mountains and towards both sides of Hrafnseyrarheiði. It gives access to Gljúfurárfoss Waterfall. The road is challenging, with narrow parts, rough surface, drop offs and steep sections (hitting a brutally steep 20% of maximum gradient).

It tops out at 551m (1807ft) above the sea level at Hrafnseyrarheiði plateau. Due its elevation, the road is open during the summer months only. In October 2020 it was bypassed by the Dýrafjarðargöng tunnel, part of Road 60.

 

 

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