Road 864 is a bumpy, unsealed and dusty road in in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, with a total length of 56.5km. This nasty corrugated gravel road, and incredibly dusty, goes through a lunar landscape. Once you’re in the road, everything inside the car will be covered in dust kicked up from the road.
This road is a wide and relatively tame unsealed road that goes from road 85 past Dettifoss on the east side towards road 1. This is a gravel road and driving speed depends on road conditions each time. Road 864 is closed during winter time due to snow or wet conditions (muddy road) and does not open until early summer (end of May).
This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. 4 wheeling is an inherently dangerous activity and shouldn’t be attempted without the appropriate training and equipment. So, understand your vehicles 4 wheel drive system and know how to use it; make sure you know your cars dimensions and lowest point of clearance – you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere; at all times, make sure you travel with at least one passenger and one other vehicle. Take emergency supplies and extra parts; make sure you know your route. Know where you are and know where you are going; careful preparation for your trip will ensure that if, and when, things do go wrong, you are prepared for the situation.