This is part 5 of our road trip through the remote highlands of Iceland with the Audi e-tron. In case you missed it, you can find the start of our adventure here.
In the last part, we arrived in Vík, our basecamp for exploring the highland tracks in South Iceland.
Vík í Mýdral
We stayed there in a nice apartment for a couple of days. The first task every morning was to pick up a cappuccino at the cool Skool Beans Cafe.
After every trip, we could easily recharge the e-tron in Vík for free at the 50 kW DC charger located next to our apartment.
The first day trip from Vík led us to Þakgil. This is a side trip from the ring road along the Kerlingardalsvegur 214 to a beautiful valley in the southern highlands. The track starts just a few km east of Vík.
It is a short and easy drive but with some photography stops and a couple of short hikes you can easily spend a whole day in this valley.
It is also a lesser-known place and therefore not as overrun by tourists as other hot spots on the south coast, which are located close to the ring road.
The next day, we wanted to explore the Laki Craters (Lakagígar). This is a 27 km long eruptive fissure consisting of 130 craters. To get there you have to use the F206 track. It starts close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Before going on the trail we recharged our e-tron back to 100% in Kirkjubæjarklaustur to be on the safe side (50 kW DC charger).
At the start of the track, you can find the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which is always worth a visit.
The F206 to Lakagígar is a very rough track that normally requires large 4×4 vehicles.
It also has many fords which vary from quite shallow to really deep. A couple of rental cars have already been destroyed in these fords in the past. If it’s not 100% clear how deep the ford is, I always put on my wading trousers and walk through the ford first.
After a few km, we reached the spectacular Fagrifoss waterfall.
Half an hour later we reached the border of the Vatnajökull National Park and the beginning of the Laki fissure. The final section of the F206 track travels through an absolutely stunning landscape with moss-covered lava fields.
The F206 was probably also the most difficult track we have driven on this trip. It has some steep sections, big holes, and a couple of larger rocks. But the Audi e-tron with its air suspension managed this track perfectly.
Although the water level in the fords was rather low on that day, it was often at the limit of the e-tron. At higher water levels you definitely should use a different car.
The fifth episode of my videos series about Þakgil and Lakagígar is now online on YouTube:
In the next part, we will explore the spectacular F232 to Mælifell.