F902 (Kverkfjallaleið), The Road That Has It All
F902 (Kverkfjallaleið) is a very demanding drive located in southeast Iceland in the northern part of the Vatnajökull glacier, with breathtaking landscapes and rugged potentially difficult river crossings.
Situated deep in the Highland of Iceland, the road is 84.1 km long running north-south from F905 Road to Kverkfjöll peak. It is a rough and challenging road only for a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. The track is pretty bad, it's not rolling with a lot of big stones. 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 highest roads of the country climbing up to 877m (2,877ft) above the sea level.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. Expect to be alone, this track is not very busy even and located into the most remote area in the Icelandic Highland. It is not recommended to drive unaccompanied. 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. Along the way you’ll be truly in a natural wonderland of landscape and geology.
Located within the Vatnajökull National Park, you will have to cross some 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. Rivers that can change rapidly with rain or change in heat. 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. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
Pic: Pietro Valocchi