F208 ((Fjallabaksleið nyrðri) is one of the highland roads in Iceland and one of the most scenic drives in the country. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by any guard rails. You can expect very tough driving conditions with potholes, rocks, uneven terrain and even rivers to ford. The road through the Central Highlands is gravel. It’s 102 km long. Only meant for 4×4 vehicles.
The road crosses several rivers, so it’s impassable after rains. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Expect very tough driving conditions with potholes, rocks, uneven terrain and even rivers to ford. The road doesn’t open until the middle of June. The route demands 100% concentration.
This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Most rivers on F-marked roads in Iceland are unbridged. When crossing these rivers be sure to assess the current, depth and the nature of the riverbed before driving in. If a river looks dangerous to cross, it probably is. It’s one of the famous F Roads of the country.
Located in the southern interior highlands of Iceland, the road offers scenic views of volcanoes, lakes and rivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.
The road is bumpy but well maintained and clearly marked. Regulations forbid you to drive this road with a vehicle that is not 4WD. Try not to travel by yourself and even wait for another car to cross an unbridged river with you. This way you will be assured help if you run into trouble. The weather can affect the river conditions, rain and high temperatures can cause bigger streams and please note that glacial rivers swell as the day goes on.