Road F903 (Hvannalindavegur)
Located in the Eastern Region of Iceland the F903 (Hvannalindavegur) is an exciting journey with breathtaking landscapes following a small river and crossing it twice.
Located in the Central Highlands, within the Vatnajokull National Park, the road is only for 4x4 vehicles with significant fording capacity. No service or network. The road runs from F910 road to Road F902 passing through Hvannalindir, towards the glacier Vatnajökull. It is a rough and challenging road. Should not be drive in anything else than a full size 4x4 with high clearance. The track is mostly sand with a few shallow fords. 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. Icelandic nature can be wild and dangerous, especially for those unfamiliar with it. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
It’s only open during the summer months, usually between late June and early September. The drive combines strong stony slopes, broken sections, big rocks and muskeg. 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. Known as the Kverkfjöll road, it’s not recommended to drive unaccompanied.
It has crossings over the notorious Lindá river. 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.
Pic: Pietro Valocchi