Driving the defiant Road F923 (Jökuldalsvegur)
Located in the Eastern Region of Iceland the F923 (Jökuldalsvegur) is a difficult journey with breathtaking landscapes. There are a couple of rivers to ford.
It’s only for 4x4 vehicles with significant fording capacity. No service or network. The road runs from Aðalból towards Road 910. It is a rough and challenging road leading you to the valley of Hrafnkelsdalur. Should not be drive in anything else than a full size 4x4 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 Higlands of Iceland, the road is 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. The road crosses incredible landscapes.
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. Close to the farm Aðalból you will have to cross a rather wide and deep ford in a clear-water river.
Pic: Will Arditti