Iceland Highlands

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Iceland Highlands 4x4

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Must-see Places in the Highlands

The Highlands of Iceland cover a large area in central Iceland. Here are some of the highlights (note that 4x4 vehicle is required)

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Hilmar Þór:Landmannalaugar is known for its colourful scenery and geothermal activity. The highlight of Landmannalaugar is a huge warm geothermal pool which is perfect for bathing.
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Hilmar Þór:Kerlingarfjöll is a rhyolite caldera complex in the Highlands of Iceland. It's a geologic hotspot, so the area is surrounded by active volcanoes and natural geothermal pools. A truly unique place!
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Hilmar Þór:Hveravellir is a nature reserve located in the western part of the Icelandic Highlands. Ideal for bathing in warm pools and hiking in the surrounding areas.
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Hilmar Þór:Askja is a series of calderas, remotely situated in the Highland area north of Vatnajökull Glacier. The most notable feature of Askja is a deep blue lake in the middle of the caldera, which is actually Iceland’s deepest lake.
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Hilmar Þór:Thorsmork is a mountain ridge, located in south Iceland. A paradise for hikers and nature lovers.
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Road Trips and How to Drive

Driving in the Highlands is a challenge and you need to have a proper car. Here's how to prepare for your trip.

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How to Drive in the Icelandic Highlands
Hilmar Þór:This is a short read with all the essential info if you're hitting the mountain roads in the Highlands.
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A Kjalvegur Itinerary: Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll
Hilmar Þór:The Kjalvegur Road is the most famous Highland Itinerary. Check out this article for more info.
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4 Essential Apps to Download for an Iceland Road Trip
Hilmar Þór:These apps will make your trip safer and more fun!
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The Essentials of an Icelandic Winter Road Trip
Hilmar Þór:Driving in the Highlands during the wintertime is usually not possible, but this article is a good start for those who intend to drive (anywhere) in Iceland in the winter

Magnificent Hikes in the Highlands

Some of Europe's most amazing hiking trails can be found in the Highlands of Iceland. Here are the trails you shouldn't miss.

Image - A Guide to Laugavegur Trek
About the Laugavegur
Hilmar Þór:The Laugavegur trail is one of the most amazing hiking trails in the world. The trail takes you through otherworldly landscapes and takes three to four days in total.
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How to Hike the Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass in Just One Day
Hilmar Þór:The Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass is a gorgeous hiking trail that is situated between two glaciers. You can either do it in one or two days.
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Kerlingarfjöll Mountains: 3 Day Trekking Adventure
Hilmar Þór:Kerlingarfjöll has a lot of options when it comes to hiking. You can choose from half-day trails through the picturesque Hverir geothermal hot spot or spend three days hiking around the whole area.
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4 Awesome Alternatives to the Laugavegur Hike
Hilmar Þór:Here are some hikes that aren't as well known as the Laugavegur or the Fimmvörðuháls, but well worth checking out.

Guided Tours and Activities

Here are some super fun activities and guided tours in the Icelandic Highlands!

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  1. Landmannalaugar
  2. Kerlingarfjöll
  3. Hveravellir
  4. Askja
  5. Thórsmörk
  6. Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location

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