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Hellisheiði Eystri-Road 917

Hellisheiði Eystri is a mountain pass at an elevation of 643m (2,109ft) above the sea level, located in east Iceland. The road is very steep, with some parts up to 15%. Even though driving the road is a bit intimidating the view from the top is astonishing.

The road to the summit is gravel. It’s impassable in winters and very steep, via 15 hairpin turns. It’s one of the country's first roads to close each autumn, due to snow. It’s called Road 917. The pass is located on the route between Fljótsdalshérað and Vopnafjörður, and offers stunning views of the sea. On the top are at least two to tree options to stop at a small parking lot to take photos. The road is pretty steep and high, narrow in parts, and can be slippery when wet.

It’s said to be the steepest mountain road in the country with some parts up to 15%. The road is passable for all cars. It’s good for all vehicles when conditions are good. A motorhome with "front wheel drive" might find it difficult to get up the steepest parts, especially in wet weather. At the summit there’s a former weather station. The view over Héraðsflói Bay is breathtaking.
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