Driving the scenic Road F337 over lunar-like fields
Located in the Southern Region of Iceland, the infamous F337 (Hlöðuvallavegur) is one of the steepest roads of the country, with breathtaking views.
How long is Road F337?
Running through the Icelandic interior, near Þingvellir National Park, the road is 28.9 km (17,95 miles) long, running south-north from Road 37 (Laugarvatnsvegur) to Road F338. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
Is Road F337 unpaved?
Situated in the lava field at the southern foot of Mt Hlodufell surrounded by lunar landscapes, the road is totally unpaved. It’s a very rough and challenging road only for a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. The track is pretty bad with a lot of big stones and sandy patches. Driving in a small passenger car is simply and plainly irresponsible and can be very dangerous. There are no rivers to cross. Curve after curve, it goes up steeply: 500 vertical meters in 4 km at an average grade of 15%.
Is Road F337 open?
It’s one of the highest roads of the country, topping out at 681m (2,234ft) above the sea level. This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). 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.