Driving the remote Road F225 (Landmannaleið)
Located in the Southern Region of Iceland, F225 (Landmannaleið) is one of the most beautiful drives of the country with breathtaking landscapes. It is one of Iceland's infamous highland roads.
Surrounded by an atmosphere at the end of the world, the drive, known as Landmannaleið or Dómadalsleið, is 41.1 km long. 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. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
Located within the Friðland að Fjallabaki park, the road is surrounded by lunar landscapes, and is pretty bumpy. It’s only open during the summer months, usually between late June and early September. The trail runs from Landvegur (Road 26) towards Fjallabaksleið Nyrðri (F208). Expect to be alone, this track is not very busy even. This road is amazing by day, but can be dangerous during the dark night. It’s one of the highest roads of the country, climbing up to 707m (2,319ft) above the sea level, with some steep sections.
Note that there are 2-3 unbridged rivers along the way. Crossing big rivers requires a bit of experience. You will have to cross some rivers. Only well equipped jeeps and larger vehicles are able to cross the rivers. These rivers can be dangerous. Always check the river to ensure that it's not too deep.
Pic: Peter Steiner