The Cold Valley is the shortest of the three main roads across the central highlands
from south to north. It lies between the mountain Ok and The Long Glacier and its highest
elevation is 727 m. Usually it is passable for most types of vehicles three to five months
of the year.
The Cold Valley route was very busy in the
past, especially between the highest located farms in the West and the Parliamentary
Plains' area. It was the first one to be made permanent with road building in 1830. The
view from the highest lying point (727 m) enroute is excellent on a fine day. A few legends and
Sagas are connected with this part of the country. A side road to the east from the main
route leads to a hut at the edge of The Long Glacier, where the glacier tours start.
Thingvellir < to >
65 km via Kaldidalur.
For information on road conditions, see
www.road.is or call
the Road Administration Information Line (+354) 1777
HIGHLAND ICELAND SAGA