Highland of Iceland

Exploring the highlands of Iceland is an adventure in itself. The Icelandic highlands cover most of the interior of the country. They are situated 400-500 meters above sea level and can be mostly categorized as an uninhabitable volcanic desert. Given that the precipitation infiltrates so quickly into the ground in the highlands of Iceland, it is unavailable for plant growth, which results largely in a surface of grey, black or brown earth, lava and volcanic ashes. Consequently, driving on the roads of Iceland in the highlands has to be done with great caution and preparation. Most Icelandic highland routes involve crossing rivers sans bridges, which should not be attempted without taking advice, and preferably by travelling in convoy with other vehicles. As there are many sites to see in the highlands of Iceland, one should take their time and enjoy the untouched land that is the highlands. Here you will find some of the most popular activities and attractions that the Icelandic highlands have to offer.




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Herdubreid

Herdubreid (Herðubreið) is one of the famous mountains in Iceland highlands. The mountain stands 1.682 meters above sealevel and is visible from far away. Herdubreid stands in the middle of Odadahraun (Ódáðahraun) desert and is in short distance from Askja volcano. 

Hiking Trails in the Highlands

Given all of the amazing landscape, mountainous regions and untouched nature, hiking in the highlands of Iceland, is an adventure worth seeking out. The Laugarvegur hiking trail is the most...

Lake and River Fishing in the Highlands of Iceland

Highland fishing for wild brown trout, Arctic char or salmon is probably one of the best kept secrets in Iceland. The lakes and rivers in the interior, such as Veidivotn, Stora Laxa and the area...

Landmannalaugar

This pearl of the interioris situated in a valley between colorful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun. Landmannalaugar’s colorful mountains are formed by centuries...

Snaefell Mountain

Snæfell is a mountain in eastern Iceland’s highlands. It is the highest mountain in Iceland outside of the Vatnajokull range, and is a former volcano which is believed to be extinct...