One of the most scenic drives in the world is the 4WD Road F208 Iceland through the Central Highlands. The variety of landscapes and colors is just mind-blowing. At every turn you just gasp for air because you discover another stunning valley.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Road F208 Iceland
F208, also called Fjallabaksleid Nyrdi, is a 4WD access only road that leaves the Ring Road along the South Coast and drives through the Central highlands reaching the famous Landmannalaugar Iceland with its painted mountains and hot springs. From the North it starts at the powerplant and goes through a drier area before reaching Landmannalaugar.
There is only 20 km of that road that I have not driven. I discovered the northern part with my photogpraphy tour. After that, as I was alone without any experience in 4W driving, I hired a driver and its superjeep from Discover Iceland. I will write a review later. I was quite expensive but it was well worth the money. Which such a scenic road, I was glad to be able to stop whenever I wanted!
HOLASKJOL: a great stop on F208 Iceland
The beginning for F208 as we turn North from the Ring Road is nice but without anything spectacular. The first stop was at Holaskjol where I went for a short walk and discovered one of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. I dedicated a full post to Holaskjol if you want more info and planning tips.
F208 - HOLASKJOL TO LANDMANNALAUGAR
Right after Holaskjol we started admiring incredible scenery, and the landscapes became more irregular. At each turn and each valley, I was amazed and thought it could not get prettier than that, but it always did! I especially loved the shapes with dark and green patches. the contrasts were mesmerizing.
The only problem is that it was beautiful in every direction and it was difficult to take it all in!
MY FAVORITE POINT OF VIEW ON F208
Below are pictues of my favorite point of view on road F208; I asked the driver to stop here for a while and took the time to admire each details of the landscape. The mountains we see here reach 1000 meter to 1100 meter height.
I am not sure exactly where it is on F208 but I think the loop of the road down is at 63.978091, -18.893792;
A little while later we turn into F224 to reach the famous Landmannalaugar and its famous colorful mountains. I will be dedicating a post to this location with many more pictures
The lake of Frotastadavatn was my next stop along F208. On one side I really enjoyed seeing the flow of lava recovered by moss entering and stopping the lake. It is one of those place where I was able to really imagine the big flow of lava and realise the power of it. The rest was also stunning with patches of red, green and black.
This smaller lake is Ljotipollur, a bit off Road F208 East of Frostadavatn.
NORTHERN PART OF ROAD F208 Iceland
On my Superjeep drive I quit road F208 to head to Hekla. However I covered a portion of the northern part of F208 during my photography tour the week before. During our lunch break we discovered by accident the amazing Sigöldugljúfur canyon for which I have written a dedicated post with many photos and planning tips.
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I know Iceland is beautiful everywhere,
But this drive is the most scenic, don't you think?