Highland

  • Eldgjá is at the eastern entrance of Nyrðri Fjallabak
    Eldgjá, is a canyon, at the eastern entrance to the Highland road Nyrðri Fjallabak. The canyon stretches 60 kilometers from Vatnajökull to the volcano Katla. It is a geological phenomenon, formed at the middle of the tenth century in an enormous eruption that lasted for many years; about the same time the first settlers came to in Iceland. The Canyon also has a few natural wonders like the beautiful waterfall, Ófærufoss (the impassable waterfall). Eldgjá is also one of the most popular tourist...
  • There was another smaller eruption in the same volcano
    A few weeks before the famous eruption at Eyjafjallajokull that upset the bigger part of the aviation industry and most world travelers for a few days, there was another smaller eruption in the same volcano. When there is a significant natural disaster in Iceland, many Icelanders find it interesting and almost necessary to face the core of the event in the eye. There is a kind of peculiar urge that many Icelanders sense in times of natural disaster to approach the catastrophe instead, like most...
  • A comfortable bed on the top of Eyjafjallajokkull glacier
    A few years ago we drove up to the top of Eyjafjallajokull in our super 4X4 vehicle with 38" tires. A vehicle specially modified to operate on a glacier and drive over deep snow. At that time, Eyjafjallajokull was just another glacier with all kinds of crevasses, cracks, deep snow, ice and weather-beaten rocks with unique snow formations. It looked kind of nice to take a nap on an ice shelf on one of the rocks. Little did we know that just under the ice surface lurked a mass of floating lava at...
  • The most interesting Highland road in Iceland
    The mountain road, Syðri Fjallabak, is the most interesting Highland road in Iceland. It is probably number one on our list of must places to visit in Iceland. Like most of the Highland roads, it is only open from middle of July until the end of September. The road has approximately six entrances and, therefore, six exits, if you choose to travel in a well equipped 4X4 vehicle. Part of the popular hiking trail Laugarvegur goes through part of Syðri Fjallabak. The whole area is a bit isolated,...
  • Moments in the highlands are magical
    There are moments in the highlands that are nothing less than magical. A calm evening by a small lake when the sunset slowly kicks in, and not a sound is left in the world except pleasant songs of birds. The evening sun casts its pink color over the landscape, and everything is reflected in the small lake. The red mountain, the moss and all the vegetation take on a new role, and it never gets dark since it is July, and the sun refuses to dive under the horizon. It demands to stay with you and...
  • Astronauts training to for the Moon landing
    In 1965 and 1967 astronauts training to for the Moon landing came to Iceland. One of the reasons was the landscape; the black sand and the lava. The formation of the landscape is different from most parts of the world since Iceland has tons of ash, lava, and black sands. It is a distinctive feature of the landscape. And the people training the astronauts probably felt that they could familiarize them with the landscape on the Moon by letting them walk in their moon boots and full gear here in...
  • How weather affects the colors in Icelandic landscape
    After a few dry weeks in the summer, the moss in the Highland turns gray. From a distance, the larger picture and the wide view looks like a black and white photo. Even our magnificent Lakagígar or Laki looks kind of dull from the mountain Blængur under those circumstances. The moss is an interesting phenomenon that often covers a broad area of lava and changes color in a matter of hours when it rains and when it dries up. Not to mention the magnitude of green and yellow colors that appear when...
  • Oasis-like spots in the middle of nowhere
    There are vast areas in the Highland in Iceland covered with black sand. But those areas are not necessarily completely without some vegetation, as some plants are robust enough to sustain the altitude and the cold in the Icelandic Highland during summer. In the winter, everything is packed with snow. Then some places seem like exceptions, oasis-like spots in the middle of nowhere; Herðubreiðalindir being one of the most interesting examples. But there are also quite a few places that seem...
  • Off-road driving in the Highland
    Icelanders are highly concerned about off-road driving in the Highland, which is prohibited. The main reason is the sensitivity of the whole area. This regulation applies to the area and places outside marked mountain roads. Fortunately, many marked mountain roads can take you to unusual and exotic places. Places of colorful vegetation, waterfalls, lakes and mountains of many colors. Many of the roads require specially equipped 4X4 vehicles that can easily cross rivers and drive through rough...
  • To travel over a glacier is both thrilling and dangerous
    To travel over a glacier is both thrilling and dangerous. In recent decades, many Icelanders have learned how to travel over glaciers, and they have also learned when it is safe. Even though the first glacier explorers in Iceland were geologists and hikers that walked over the glaciers, today most of us snowmobile or use extremely well equipped 4X4 vehicles with huge tires. If the weather is excellent the view from the top of any accessible glacier in Iceland is usually spectacular. The photo...

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