Driving Highland Road 550, Kaldidalur in Iceland

25. Nov 2016 |0 min read

The shortest and, perhaps, easiest of the Icelandic highland roads, Kaldidalur is a 40 kilometre stretch of gravel in the western part of the island. Route 550 is not classified as an F-road but most car rentals still forbid you from driving there in anything less than a 4x4. 

Difficulty Level: Easy

Official Name: 550

Known as: Kaldidalur or Kaldadalsvegur

Opening Dates: 5th June (Earliest) or 7th July (Latest).

Rivers: No rivers to cross.

Fuel Stations: The route is only 40 km long with a fuel station by the northern end in Húsafell.

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The name Kaldidalur translates to Cold Valley, so Kaldadalsvegur would translate to Cold Valley Road. This way was used in the old days as a horse road between the western and north-western settlements, and one of the first roads to be made permanent. 


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