Road F909 (Snæfellsleið)
Located in the Eastern Region of Iceland, the F909 (Snæfellsleið) is one of the most extrem roads of the country. It's only suitable for 4x4 vehicles with very high ground clearance: along the way several rivers need to be crossed.
The road runs north-south from Road 910 to Snæfellsskáli lodge and towards Vatnajökull glacier. It’s 31.7 km long. 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 rocks. 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 has some steep sections. It is in this area that the majority of Iceland’s wild reindeer are found.
It’s one of the highest roads of the country climbing up to 840m (2,755ft) above the sea level, near Mt. Snaefell. 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. 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. The drive offers breathtaking landscapes.
Located within the national park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, there are a few fords to cross. 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. Please do not attempt to cross this river on a small jeep. In case you get stuck in the river, call 112. 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: Þórhallur Jóhannsson