Can you drive in the highlands in a camper?
F-Roads can be bad; there are unbridged rivers, slippery mud and even snow, so be careful. Please note that you are not allowed to cross rivers on the Easy Clever camper.
If you are travelling to Iceland during the summer months, it is tempting to go and check out the highlands.
The highlands are either an otherworldly place, filled with moon-like landscapes and contrasting colours or inhospitable and desolate; it just depends on how you look at it.
We, of course, think the highlands are otherworldly and want as many of you to check it out if you can. However, there are a few things you need to consider before going there.
Mountain Roads are F-Roads
F-roads aren’t accessible all year round and can sometimes be pretty hard to drive. Because they are generally closed over the winter months, snow, ice and water can make them incredibly difficult to drive, especially in spring and early summer. Some roads are hardly maintained so you will need to take extra care while driving those roads and never go faster than you think you can drive. In fact, we advise people to go slower.
Can You Drive Any Camper in the Highlands?
No, but our Easy Clever camper is perfect to drive those muddy, poorly maintained mountain roads.
The camper has larger tires than our other campers, a raised chassis and a 4x4 drive. It also has a mounted spare tire on the back.
Like all other of our campers, the Easy Clever comes equipped with all the essentials you need for a great camper holiday in Iceland, such as thick duvets, pillows and linen, refrigerator, sink with running water, kitchenware, USB charging station, gas stove, curtains, tinted windows and so much more.
Please notice there is no shower or toilet in the camper so if you are in the highlands, we encourage you to stop when you see a campsite or an information centre and use their facilities.
The camper has three seats, sleeping space for three people and automatic transmission.
According to Icelandic law, campers must be camped at campsites overnight.
What is there to see?
Oh, where to begin? There is so much in the highlands that is worth seeing, Lakagígar and Eldgjá, two volcanoes that are responsible for two of the largest and deadliest eruptions in human history. Then there is Landmannalaugar, with its beautifully colourful mountains and geothermal springs which you can bathe in and Sprengisandur desert. Other places of interest are Kerlingarfjöll and Hveravellir, two geothermally active regions in the west highlands.
It is also possible to cross the highlands from South Iceland to North Iceland from the small town of Hella. However, to give you an idea of the roads, the route over the highlands is about 200 kilometres shorter than driving all of West Iceland, but it will still take you just about the same amount of time to drive the highland road.
Have this in mind!
The weather can get bad in the Icelandic highlands, despite it being summer. So, it is pertinent you check road conditions before you leave on Road.is, you can additionally check the Campyeasy client area.
F-Roads can be bad; there are unbridged rivers, slippery mud and even snow, so be careful. Please note that you are not allowed to cross rivers on the Easy Clever camper, it is not equipped for it. If there are bridges, they often have only one lane so if someone is coming from the opposite direction, make sure he gives way before you cross the bridge.
One last thing: All off-roading is illegal in Iceland. Even if you see tire tracks, do not go off the road. Icelandic nature is very fragile, and even if it seems like it is just a wasteland, the tire tracks will stay there for decades, and the flora might be irreversibly damaged.