The Icelandic Highland (not to be confused with the Scottish Highlands) is a huge uninhabited area of Iceland basically covering the center and sometimes stretching to places near the shore. The whole highland area is loaded with natural wonders, hiking trails, places to visit, fascinating geology, mountains, geothermal pools, waterfalls and much more. It is characterized and defined by altitude as the term Highland implies. It is mostly above 350 meters and thus usually rather cold and seldom specifically warm. In any sense of the word, it is extremely sensitive. The soil, the lava, the moss, the vegetation, the roads, the hiking trails.
Most of the time the whole area is under snow. Almost nine months of the year. Only in the summer does the Highland reveal itself and starts blooming and exposing its vegetation, crystal clear creeks and beautiful mountains with thousands of colors. In large areas, it consists of vast black sands, dark lava, suspiciously looking rocks, powerful rivers flooding from under glaciers and long horizons. If there is one message or one thing an Icelander would tell you about the Highland it would be to understand the sensitivity of this harsh landscape.
Like many Icelanders, it looks harsh and tough but under the surface is a very sensitive soul. It is a place where people need to drive carefully on a good 4X4 vehicle with good preparation on marked tracks only. Anyone trying to drive the Highland in a vehicle not fit for the task is both irresponsible and possibly compromising a wonderful experience. If you decide to travel in the Icelandic Highland, please take care and understand the sensitivity of the whole are. And remember that most of the Highland is only open from the beginning of July until the end of September.