Öxi pass

Öxi Pass: avoid this road outside of summer

Öxi Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 539m (1,768ft) 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. 
Be careful: this road is not for the sissies. One mistake can have consequences. 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 used by many drivers as a shortcut on the Ring Road. It shortens the distance between Djúpivogur village and the town of Egilsstaðir by 71 km (44 mi).

Adverse weather conditions are common. The road is closed in winter. The drive gives some gorgeous views, but isn't advised in bad weather or fog, or for nervous drivers. Not recommended without a vehicle with a little extra ground clearance and nerves of steel. It is not serviced year round and it becomes impassable in the spring: due to mud and poor conditions caused by melting snow the road is usually only suitable for well equipped 4x4s and mountain trucks.
Pic: Bromr [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]


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