Driving the wild Road F206 (Lakagígar)
Situated in Southeast Iceland near the Lakagígar region, the F206 (Lakagígar) is a very demanding journey with breathtaking landscapes and rugged with rivers.
Starting from Þjóðvegur, the length of this route is 41 km and the driving time 3.5 hours. 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. The journey gives way to some of Iceland's most epic landscapes. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
Located in the Laki Crater Area, within the Vatnajökull national park, the road through the Lakagigar volcanic fissure area is surrounded by lunar landscapes, and is pretty bumpy. 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. The road runs travels through absolutely stunning landscapes offering stunning views of the famous waterfall Fagrifoss. The road is part of the infamous Laki loop.
You will have to cross a dozen of deep rivers along the route. Crossing big rivers requires a bit of experience. Do not attempt to cross with one car, or during heavy rain. It can be treacherous if the water level rises due to lots of rain and warm weather. Only well equipped jeeps and larger vehicles are able to cross the rivers. Always check the river to ensure that it's not too deep. This road is amazing by day, but can be dangerous during the dark night. Rental car insurance does not cover damages from water, including any damage caused by crossing rivers.
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