The F578 (Arnarvatnsvegur) is a very dangerous drive located in the Northwestern Region of Iceland, in the north of the island. Travelers need to be well prepared with enough food, water and fuel for the drive ahead. The F578 is not a road! It is at best a track, muddy slippery and on a rainy day, a slippery as hell mudhole.
The road is located on the northwestern part of the central highlands, north of Langjökull, Iceland's second largest glacier. It is a rough and challenging road only for a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. Expect large potholes, many ruts and large boulders on their surface. Driving in a small passenger car is simply and plainly irresponsible and can be very dangerous. The road is heavily potholed and your vehicle will bounce, labour and shake. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
It's a very rough trail. It´s open in the summer for well-prepared 4x4 vehicles. Treacherous mud holes may cause problems. It´s recommended to travel together with other vehicles.The weather can affect the river conditions, rain and high temperatures can cause bigger streams and please note that glacial rivers swell as the day goes on. It’s only open during the summer months, usually between late June and early September. Expect to be alone, this track is not very busy even and very remote. 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.
Road suggested by: Glenn Fant