Road F35 - Kjölur: From the haunted hut at Hvítárnes to a restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

Updated: Jul 18

We decided to travel Kjölur and venture on into the unknown – I will go over road conditions, what we visited and how to get there.

How to get there

Its pretty simple to get there, if you are driving from Reykjavík you can take Road number 1 and when you reach Ingólfsfjall you turn onto road 35 - Biskaupstugnabraut and drive it towards Gullfoss.

At Gullfoss you take road 35 or Kjalvegur that goes past Gullfoss.

Road condition The F35 has recently been and is still being worked on so its not as bad as it used to be. I remember driving there with my parents when I was a kid and it completely drained my patient..well I was young also so... You can drive F35 - Kjölur on every car these day but its better to have a little higher clearance from the ground than the standard car because the stones and holes in the road.

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

First stop - Hvítárvatn

This lake is as blue as the sky and just wonderful to look at, the extreme blue shines through from aerial photos. The water comes from the glacier Norðurjökull as you can see it in the back.

The Haunted hut of Hvítárnes. Hvítárnesskáli is said to be hunted by a young girl that kicks every traveller out of a certain bunkbed while they are sleeping. This story has terrible roots as it is said that once stood a house there called Tjarnarkot and there lived a boy and girl. One day the girl vanished and the rumour has it that she was killed by the boy because she was pregnant with his child.


Turn off F35 onto F347 and drive all the way to the base camp of Kerlingarfjöll.

On F347 there are opportunities for photographing a beautiful waterfall called Gýgjarfoss

When you reach the camp you can either park the car and hike over into the beautiful valley or you can simply drive further and at the end there is a parking lot. This is a great option for those who can't or are not prepared to hike.

Venturing further into the sands

when driving north from the F347 road the landscape changes really quickly and it becomes just this vast land of nothing.

But then... all of a sudden you make a turn towards Þjófadalir and you start to see what looks like a mirage but is actually Hveravellir camping

Video of the trip

Photos from the trip

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