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Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car

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Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car


I'll be in Iceland in the end of august for 6 days. I'm planning my road trip and I want to rent a normal 2WD car since all the route will be along the Road 1 and North Fjords, except for the itinerary to Landmannalaugar.

I've read that the road from Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar is doable with a normal 2WD car, but, before venturing, I'd like to have a confirmation from some expert :)

I would do this route: road 32 (from Selfoss/Gulfoss zone) > F26 (at the end of road 32 until Hrauneyjar), > F208 until ... I don't know, I suppose until it's doable.

If this itinerary is doable, I would sleep at Hrauneyjar guesthouse or hotel

Thank you in advance for any help!

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1. Re: Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car

You probably will not be insured on that route, most of the rental limit insurance non F-roads. So you would be doing it on your own risk.

The road is though doable, but definitely not recommended. This is rough gravel road, with rocks and sand sticking out of the road.

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2. Re: Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car

You can drive this in a 2WD, except that it would probably not be wise to cross the small river that is just at the entrance to the Landmannalaugar camp. But you can park at the other side and walk, it is just a few hundred meters.

But, as Bill says, the terms of most rental companies specifically prohibits the use of their 2WD cars on this kind of road. If something happened you would be liable for the cost of the entire damage. Even if nothing happened you could be in trouble if the rental company found ut you had been on this road.

I know I would not risk this.

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3. Re: Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car

The ,,highland patrol" has cotracts with most car rental, if they get a photo of your car on unauthorized roads, they get a bounty, and you get a hefty fine !

4. Re: Hrauneyjar to Landmannalaugar with a 2WD car

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