W hile quite a number of fascinating routes dot the highlands of Iceland few rival driving Kjalveg road from the South of Iceland to the North and in the process drive between two beautiful glaciers and landscapes rivaling anything on this planet.
Historically this was the route taken by locals to get from North to South and vice versa back when the only means of travel was on foot or horseback. It was the shortest between the two parts of this country but always far from easy. It still isn´t since there is a river crossing on the way and most of the road is just gravel which can get difficult in heavy rains.
That is the reason why the road is closed but over the hottest months and most car rental agencies in Iceland will not allow regular cars such as sedans to take these highland roads. For this you will need some kind of an SUV which are more expensive.
This is not to say Kjalvegur, marked F35 on maps, is impossible to cross in smaller cars. Many locals actually do this repeatedly without problems but we are used to horrible roads and most foreign visitors aren´t.
Going Kjalveg also takes you to chunks of the famous Golden Circle route and the highland road actually starts right after Gullfoss waterfall, then it goes between Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers before ending on Audkuluheidi moor close to Blonduos village.
The distance is not great or just 170 kilometers but due to the bad road condition the trip could take a few hours. Actually, it should take a few hours since there is so much to see and appreciate and people taking this route will not regret one minute.
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