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Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

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Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Many are anticipating on the opening dates for various mountain roads so it's best to keep people updated.

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NOTE: The information in this post _will_ go obsolete in part within a week or two. The information goes fully obsolete after 2018. Read the date/time (and especially the year) of publishing. So, please read the latest updates and not only the first page(s).

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West: Road to reach Surtshellir is open for 4x4 cars. Road to Jaki (Into the Glacier route) is open to 4x4 cars. Road 578 from Miðfjörður to Arnarvatn Stóra is open to 4x4 cars.

South: Road 35 from Gullfoss to Skálpanes turn off is open to 4x4 cars. Road to Þakgil (214) is open. The Laki road (F206) is only open to Fagrifoss waterfall and only for 4x4 cars of course.

North: Road to Flateyjardalur (F899) is open to 4x4 cars. Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss are accessible as the Sprengisandur road (F26) is closed after the Hrafnabjargarfoss turn off.

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The first road to Landmannalaugar is hopefuly opening sometime next week. Until then, everyone has to make due viewing a small part from a webcam: http://liv.is/webcam/laugar/ Today the area seems completely soaked, making the ground soft and soggy and completely unable to take in any travelers.

From the wardens at Landmannalaugar: "Please note that ALL DRIVING IS PROHIBITED to Landmannalaugar at the moment. This is always the case in the beginning of summer when the snow is melting and the roads are thawing up and recovering after the winter. We take this closing of the roads very seriously so don't even try."

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The wardens at the Laugavegur hike are aready in and getting things ready for summer.

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Kverkfjöll wardens are hoping to reach the area around june 16th and the roads may open soon after that. Laugafell wardens are hoping to reach the area in late june / early july.

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Other sections in the highlands have not been updated yet. All updates will be posted instantly on the map offered at http://www.road.is/ I (and others are welcome to as well) will also make some updates in replies.

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1. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Excellent !!

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2. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Thank you for the update!! We are still hopeful to hike at Landmannalaugar in exactly 2 weeks time, but there's always plan b!

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3. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Update in NE Iceland:

- 923 Jökuldalsvegur up to the Jökla crossing is now open.

910 is all open to Kárahnjúkar powerplant via Snæfell. F910 West of Káraknjúkar, via Lambafell and Þríhyrningur route is open but remains closed from Dyngja and Dyngjuháls towards Herðubreið.

F905 via Arnardalur is open.

This makes it possible to drive a circular route in a 4x4 car through various sections though not reaching locations like Askja, Kverkfjöll or Herðubreiðarlindir.

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4. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Updates:

-----------South iceland-------------

Road 35 has opened in part. One can reach the turnoff to Kerlingarfjöll and get all the way to Kerlingarfjöll on road F347. All of course in a highland allowed car.

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Long anticipated, road 208 from Hrauneyjar towards Landmannalaugar has opened. The final stretch via F224 is also open, making one able to reach the parking lot near Landmannalaugar huts.

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-----------East iceland-------------

Road 946 and F946 to Loðmundarfjörður has opened.

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-----------West iceland-------------

Road 539 to Hítarvatn lake is now open in full, was only open in part.

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Latest updates will be shown at http://www.road.is/ at all times.

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5. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Thank you Rikki for the updates!

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6. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Good news for everyone who has been planning a day trip to Landmannalaugar.

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Rikki!

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7. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Update, highlands:

Another part of road 35 has opened. The section between Blönduós and Hveravellir is now open. That means one can reach Hveravellir from the north now. The remaining part of road 35 (Hveravellir intersection to Kerlingarfjöll intersection) is still closed.

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8. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Update highlands:

F734, Vesturheiðarvegur, is open. It's a second option to the more busy (and quicker) 35 road between Blanda resevoir and Hveravellir.

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9. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Update, East Iceland:

Road 936, Þórdalsheiðarvegur, is now open for larger 4x4 vehicles.

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10. Re: Info topic: Highland roads opening estimates and updates.

Update, highlands:

4x4 only if course.

F88 is open. It reaches Herðubreiðarlindir and continues towards Askja and Kverkfjöll areas.

Another part of F910 is now open. One is able to reach Holuhraun from Upptyppingar or the Askja (F88) road.

F894 to Askja is open.

F902 to Kverkfjöll is open.

As always, see www.road.is for details.

Edited: 15 June 2018, 20:24
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