One of the longest of the Icelandic highland roads, Kjölur runs a good stretch from Gullfoss all the way up to route 1 in the vicinity of Blönduós. Kjölur can be traversed in any small 4x4 vehicle and requires no river-fording along the way. This route grants access to the unique Hveravellir, a geothermal area with a hot pool that visitors can bathe in and several high temperature hot springs that are best viewed from a distance.
Official Name: F35, Kjalvegur.
Known as: Kjölur.
Opening Dates: 5th June (Earliest) or 7th July (Latest).
Length: Approx. 158km.
Driving Time: Approx. 5 hours.
Rivers: No rivers to cross.
Fuel Stations: There is a fuel station at Hveravellir, accessible by turning from approx. the middle of F35 onto 735 and then making a left turn at Hveravallavegur.
Both Kjalvegur and Hveravellir serve a historic purpose and have been mentioned in the Icelandic sagas. During the 18th century, an outlaw named Fjalla-Eyvindur made his home in the Hveravellir area, stealing sheep from the nearby pastures to keep himself fed.
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