South, Iceland
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Þrengslavegur, a 16 kilometre-long stretch of road in Iceland, serves as a vital connection between route 1 and the towns along the southern coastline. The road winds along old volcano hills and through an approx 2000 year old lava of Lambafellshraun, giving the area a feel of desolate beauty. Þrengslin are characterized by largely untouched lava fields, which are covered in moss during summer and snow in winter. The absence of light pollution in the area makes it an ideal spot for filming the Aurora Borealis. The road is a popular filming location due to its closeness to Reykjavík capital and the serene and melancholy atmosphere.

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This area lies by the main road.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Many hotels lie within 30-kilometre radius from this location. It’s only 38 minutes from Reykjavík so there is abundant choices. The nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 33 kilometres away. Within 20 kilometers lie two small towns with convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and other services.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 1 km


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The area is owned by the government.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

2.5 kilometre onto the road, there is a gravel mine that could be used as a basecamp. The route has a few sideroads that could be used as camps, tech bases or for offloading. There is an old road near Mt. Sandfell in the centre of the area that could also serve as basecamp. Phone coverage varies within the area but mainly is good.

Risk factors

The road is a highway with a 90 km speed limit. The lava field is hollow, covered in moss and can be sharp. The road can get icy during winter.


The area is a route to the popular tourist attraction, Raufarhólshellir. The road also connects road no 1 to the Reykjanes peninsula so traffic is frequent.

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