Road 622

Road 622

Road 622 is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s located on the coast of the fjord Dýrafjörður in the mountainous peninsula Westfjords of 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 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 road you need a 4x4 with high ground clearance. It's a loose rocky track, and sometimes muddy. 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. A large portion of it is also below sea level when the tide is high.
Expect to be alone, this track is not very busy. It is not recommended to drive unaccompanied. In case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. In case of a problem you have to be self-reliant. 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 a couple of months, from spring through to the first storm.

Some parts can be quite scary if you dislike steep roads with drop-offs and loose gravel. The road is literally on the mountain ledge.Driving in a small passenger car is simply and plainly irresponsible and can be very dangerous: you’ll end up with a huge rescue bill. Travellers should be aware that, due to various weather conditions, the road can close unexpectedly. 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.

It is very difficult to drive and bad for those afraid of heights. The driver has got to have nerves of steel. Drive with care as this is a coastal road with dangerous dropoffs.  If you dare to take the risk and travel along this bumpy route be sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. Locals call the route the Dream Road for its its incredible scenery. The road leads to a small cove called Svalvogar. 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.
The road was built in the 1970’s using a small bulldozer. 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. The exposed road is dangerous in strong wind. Landslides and falling rocks are common. The road is partially near sea-level, so high water causes flooding. Don’t understimate the friendly landscape in the sun. Weather can turn fast in Iceland.
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