The length of all roads on the island is about 13,000 km (8078 mi) and only 4,782 km (2971 mi) of them are covered with asphalt. For example, the ring road, the so-called Route 1, Iceland's main S-class road is well-asphalted, it is a pleasure to drive along. All the rest are gravel roads: T - minor country roads more than 10 kilometers (6 mi) long, N - local roads between rural objects, F - unpaved roads with sharp stones and river fords, where you can only drive a 4x4.

You can choose and drive only along Route 1 and see the so-called “Golden Ring of Iceland." But if you are willing to travel and delve further into the island and see as many natural wonders as possible, then come in summer; in winter, due to storms, the roads that are blocked with snow are closed. You'll need to prepare in advance to travel along F roads.
First of all, you need to get yourself a 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance. There are no gas stations and service centers on the roads in the wild, so you should always have spare tires, a petrol canister, cables, food, and drinks. There will be fords on the route, so grab rubber boots. Before each river ford, get out of the car and check the depth of the water. It can vary greatly depending on the weather and melting glaciers.
Ideally, you'll have company and travel in two cars to help each other lest anything happens. If you still find yourself in an emergency situation, use the website or inform Iceland's rescue service through the 112 Iceland tourist smartphone app, which, however, can only be done with a cellular signal that is not available in the central part of Iceland.

Beware of winds that are so strong they can overturn your car. If according to the weather forecast, you'll see a storm wind coming, and you still decide to drive, then be as careful as possible: in your car, close all windows, turn off cruise control, and move as slowly and carefully as possible. Before each trip, check weather conditions using a map at
It is prohibited to drive off the road even on a 4x4. No off road driving! The unique nature of Iceland is very fragile. For example, the famous Icelandic moss can't survive after damage or takes years to grow back.
It is important to know that in the winter season, road access in the central part of the island is not available. You can travel only along Route 1 and adjacent asphalt roads. The dates of closure and opening of roads vary from year to year depending on weather conditions. You can track the above-said information at

We go to Iceland to enjoy the beautiful views of the unique nature of the island. Fortunately, most of the country's territory remains untouched by civilization. On the one hand, Iceland brings an epic adventure through the natural landscapes in their purest form that have existed in those places for hundreds and thousands of years. On the other hand, nature brings its own dangers and you might find yourself driving in very difficult conditions along the roads which might seem impassable. The trip largely depends on how you prepare yourself. Be smart and check weather and road conditions every time you head off from your hotel. If you do so, your trip Iceland will be a pleasant adventure, if not – a serious test.

Good luck on the roads of Iceland!