Driving the wild Road F223 (Eldgjárvegur)
Located in the Southern Region of Iceland the F223 (Eldgjárvegur) is a challenging drive with breathtaking landscapes. Only for 4x4 vehicles with significant fording capacity. No service or network.
The road runs from the road F208 towards the parking near Ófærufoss. It is a rough and challenging road. 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.
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. The road crosses incredible landscapes.
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