Highland

  • The river Kaldaklofskvísl (Cold crotch distributary) and Klámbrekka is between the hill in the background and the mountain Stóra Grænafjall.
    Throughout the centuries Icelanders have been very efficient and almost pedantic in giving names to every small piece of item in the landscape throughout the whole country.  Wherever you go, everything from a high and mighty mountain to a low hill seems to have a name.  Every creek and every river have a name.  Every waterfall in our extensive variety of small and large falls has a name.  And believe me, we have hundreds of waterfalls.  Every cliff, lava field, every lake, every cave, every hot...
  • Here we have the second highest waterfall in Iceland
    Here we have the second highest waterfall in Iceland, which is how it deserves its name, Háifoss or The High Waterfall. Since it is so high, it feels relevant to show it in parts, although you can also see beautiful photographs of the whole waterfall here. This photo shows the very start of it, zoomed in, to also be able to enjoy the detailed layers of different rock and mud around it, including tiny basalt rock formations. Háifoss is situated close to the volcano Hekla, as well as the famous...
  • As if the waterfall wasn’t enough, the mountains around it with its layers of rocks and moss make this a perfect pitstop.
    Around the country in many of the recommended pitstops the facilities are always getting better. Whether it is a walking path to experience safely a family of geysers, a support rail to step in to the slippery hot spring or a sightseeing platform like this one. As we have mentioned before there are many ways of viewing Ófærufoss, and this particular platform lets one see the waterfall as a whole from above. It is great when these interventions are subtle and don’t disturb the surrounding view....
  • A strict line was drawn between the black sand and the vegetation
    In many places deep in the Highland in Iceland, you can find unusual and almost strange sights. Sometimes dark sites, boiling sites, vast view, strange lava formation and much more.  One such place is near Lakagígar where we have vast carpets of lava, a lot of ash, dust, and black sands.  This is also at an altitude where vegetation has difficulties to grow and sustain.  Sometimes while traveling in the Highland you can experience the dark sand continuing all around you form kilometers after...
  •  Hiking gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself while walking through a magnificent landscape and come in proximity with some spectacular natural wonders
    Hiking is the most exciting way to travel in Iceland. During the summer months of June through August, the Icelandic Highland is a paradise for hikers.  With the right preparation, good knowledge of the terrain and the proper gear you can find a spectacular hiking trail that is both secure and a good challenge.  There are many hiking trails all over Iceland with hidden gems and natural wonders that you are not able to visit in a vehicle. Gems that are only accessible on your two legs. Places in...
  • Nornabaugar directly translated to English as Witch's Rings.
    It is easy, when covering Iceland in pictures and writing, as we do here at Hit Iceland to get lost in the subject of overwhelming waterfalls, majestic mountains and other natural wonders. But what is also important to mention are the details that bind all these things together. Whether it be tiny rock formations or the vegetation, like in this photograph. These circles are called Nornabaugar directly translated to English as Witch's Rings. They are formed by a mushroom trying to grow in...
  • There are seemingly endless different ways of looking at Kerlingarfjöll.
    There are seemingly endless different ways of looking at Kerlingarfjöll and during a drive through the highland of Iceland it feels as if Kerlingarfjöll is looking at you, specially when driving by the road Kjölur. It is great to see the way this rugged cluster of mountains with their varied shapes and sizes stand as if they are protectors of their land. Which brings us to their name, Kerlingarfjöll which directly translates Old Woman's Mountains. to This photograph is taken from a far, but as...
  • This summer we met a young man from France, cycling over the Highland. We met him at Versalir in the middle of the road Sprengisandur or Sprengisandsleið.
    When discussing driving plans or road trips or planning any driving tour in Iceland, there is a striking difference between Icelanders and visitors.  For decades, even centuries, Icelanders have referred to places in the landscape by name. Everything has a name. This is also true when we talk about roads.  Every road in Iceland has a name and Icelanders use that name when talking about their summer tour and when planning a driving tour.  Although many visitors are familiar with the term Ring...
  • In the heart of the Icelandic highlands is Nýidalur (New Valley).
    In the heart of the Icelandic highlands is Nýidalur (New Valley). This is the perfect place to experience the true remote, but often extreme conditions of the highlands. Positioned right of the Sprengisandur Route - Highland Road Nr. F26, Nýidalur is also in between two glaciers: Tugnafellsjökull and Hofsjökull. There are a few hikes to be taken around the Valley, and The Icelandic Touring Association have two huts there, perfect as accommodation after a day out. Besides the two huts at...
  • Between Drekagil and Askja
    Often the journey towards a recommended sight seeing spot is just as interesting as the final destination. That is definitely the case for this photo. On the way from the camping area in Drekagil one can drive for about 15 minutes towards the popular Askja and Víti. In good weather conditions this drive can be quite amazing. On one hand there is a huge field of pitch black sand and rocks and on the other there are hills of layered rock formations ranging from brown to gray and black contrasting...

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