It is crucial to understand the requirements for driving in the Highland in Iceland before you book your car for hire.

  • A mistake many visitors make when traveling in the Icelandic Highland is to hire a small car and to drive it into a river and put themselves in danger when they get stuck in the middle of the stream.
Sep 9 2016

It's already September, and that means that the Highland roads in Iceland are more or less closing down.  Most of the cabins and service on the Highland is also closing, and any service has been terminated. It is the beginning of winter and soon the whole area will be covered with snow. But there is always another year and in the weeks ahead you have a great opportunity to plan for next year in the Icelandic Highland which opens again in July 2017.  If you are interested in the Icelandic Highland, you should follow us as we are in the process of adding many articles about the Highland, what to see and how to travel in this magnificent place.

Beware of the rivers

One thing to consider when planning a trip to the Icelandic Highland is the fact that many highland roads have rivers and streams with no bridges.  Another important information to keep in mind when entering the Highland in Iceland is the fact that the volume and water level of the rivers can change with short notice. Even during the timespan of few hours during the day.  There are mainly two reasons for the increase in water level; rain and the sun. If it rains the whole day, the rain will increase the water level in the Highland and eventually it will find its way to a creek and a river.  If the sun shines the whole day, the glaciers will melt and increase the volume in most glacial rivers.

A mistake can be costly and dangerous

A mistake many visitors make when traveling in the Icelandic Highland is to hire a small car and to drive it into a river and put themselves in danger when they get stuck in the middle of the stream.   A rather chilling experience.  Even in a river that they had passed and looked quite innocent during the morning. In the worst circumstances, the car can start to float which is extremely dangerous and scary. Often the air intake for the engine consumes water from the river which almost without exception destroys the engine with huge cost as the customer has to rent a tow away truck to fetch the vehicle in the river and also for the costly new engine.

It is crucial to understand the requirements for driving in the Highland in Iceland before you book your car for hire.