The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration opened the road to Landmannalaugar via Sigalda yesterday, making the popular Laugavegur hiking route accessible for the summer, Vísir reports. The other point of access to Landmannalaugar will soon open as well. IRCA representative Magnús Ingi Jónsson stated that it will most likely be open to 4×4 vehicles by the weekend.
A map published by the IRCA shows which areas of the Icelandic highland interior is already open to traffic and which roads are still closed.
It should be noted that even if the roads have been opened for the summer, prospective drivers should still take precautions when driving Iceland’s F-roads and consult IRCA’s road condition maps before driving.
The Kjölur route was the first of the highland roads to open this summer, on June 10, with Kaldadalsvegur soon after. The Sprengisandur route still has copious amounts of snow and likely won’t open until July according to Magnús Ingi.
The road to Landmannalaugar is the starting point for Iceland’s most popular hiking route Laugavegurinn. The four-day hike begins at Landmannalaugar and ends at Þórsmörk and is only accessible at the height of summer.
Note that all of Iceland’s interior F-roads are gravel roads only accessible to 4×4 vehicles and often require fording rivers.