Herðubreið the queen

  • At the oasis Herðubreiðalindir
  • Seen from the west side when driving over Sprengisandur
  • Seen from Drekagil on the south west side
  • At the oasis Herðubreiðalindir
  • From the camping ground at the oasis Herðubreiðalindir
  • A view from the east side
  • Seen from the north
  • A view from Grafarlandaá by the road to Herðubreiðalindir
  • A view from Grafarlandaá by the road to Herðubreiðalindir


Herðubreið is a tuya and also the queen of Icelandic mountains.  The mountain is considered by many Icelanders to be the most beautiful mountain in the country.  Herðubreið rises 1677 meter up from Ódáðahraun lava desert and stands alone without any competition from other mountains and can, therefore, as a queen deserves, proudly express her dignity from any angel.

Near Herðurbreið on the east side is an oasis called Herðubreiðalindir.  At Herðubreiðalindir, there is a camping ground and a mountain hut where accommodation is available during the summer months. If you ever intend to visit the northern part of Iceland and go from there into the highland, this is a spot you do not want to miss.  Around Herðubreiðalindir and Herðubreið, there are a few interesting hiking trails. You can even take a hike around the mountain.  That is a long hiking trail and requires good preparation.

One of the most famous Icelandic outlaws, Fjalla Eyvindur and his wife Halla, lived at this Oasis for some time around 1765.   They were probably some of the first Icelanders to take advantage of and appreciate the highland area.  If all the stories abut them are true, they probably had a difficult time during the winter moths.

Read this important article written by a local expert before you choose a car.

Below is the location of Herðubreið on the map of Iceland