The white roads

There are 3 types of roads in Iceland.  The red roads: these are the main highways.  Sealed.  The yellow roads: theses can be sealed or not, but generally drivable.  Then there are the white roads.  To be clear, I use the term “road” loosely, very loosely.  In true Icelandic style, half of these roads are not even marked on the map.  They are goat tracks at best.  So when my navigator (aka wife) found an appealing “white road” and said it was only 100 kms, I thought to myself, what could possibly go wrong?  Holy, after 9 hours of hanging onto a wild bucking Land Rover, we finally made our destination; shaken not stirred.  To be fair, I have to give my navigator some credit here, we didn’t get lost.  Miracle.

3 Comments on “The white roads

  1. I’ve been trying for the last few days to get away from the tourist craziness that is Iceland. I’ve been trying to research off the beaten path stuff, really glad I found your blog. Can you elaborate a bit on the gravel roads system? I’m unable to ship my rig that far, so we’ve settled for a Subaru Forester. It has me nervous, mainly cause I’m used to a Toyota double locked on 35s. Also because I want to get off the main road and see what’s out there.


    • Hey Mat – thanks for making contact! First up, you’ll love the back roads in Iceland, they get you away from all the crowds and the scenery is mind-blowingly stunning. Some of the really remote roads are rough (just lava fields) but the ones that are a little more travelled will be okay in your Subaru – however some of the river crossings will be the only thing that may trip you up. Some of the ones we went through were deep, like over the bonnet of the Landie. But so long as you avoid those odd roads – you should be okay. Just be prepared to give your car a hard time on some of the more pot-holed roads!


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