Öxi pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 539m above the sea level, located in eastern Iceland. It’s recommended you avoid this pass outside of summer and during bad weather.
The road to the summit is called Axarvegur (939). It’s a well maintained gravel mountain road but narrow and steep, with sections up to 17%. Along the road you will be literally driving up and over a mountain. From sea level to over 500 meters as you zigzag your way up various steep inclines along a ravine.
Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The drive has many blind corners - you never know that a car is coming in front- and the road is really narrow and slippery makes it even worse from water cascading from the mountains when it rains. The road is a shortcut that saves you about 60 km of driving between Höfn and Egilsstaðir instead of taking the Ring Road.
Pic: Youngmin Tahk