Enjoy the amazing views of the Highlands of Iceland

23. ágúst 2021

Enjoy the amazing views of the Highlands of Iceland

23. ágúst 2021

What makes the Icelandic Highlands so interesting?

Iceland is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with only about 3 people per km2 (that's 8 people per sqmi2 for those of you across the pond). To be fair, it does feel like it when you are driving along a road with no other car as far as the eye can see. However, one of the main reasons Iceland is so sparsely populated is that a vast proportion of the country is in fact desolate wasteland; about two thirds of the island is considered tundra, with less vegetation and harsher weathers. These are the Icelandic highlands. Dramatically beautiful and treacherous, not easily crossed and definitely not to be underestimated. The highlands are difficult to survive in whole year round so most Icelanders live 'on the edge' of the country, i.e., by the coast.

Most of the year it is even impossible to enter the highlands! Many mountain roads are closed well into the month of June each year and block up again early winter, leaving only a small window of roughly three months to visit the highlands. So if you do find yourself in Iceland in the months of June through September try to seize the opportunity and visit the highlands. Many of Iceland's most spectacular scenes are off the beaten track, in more remote locations.

But hold your horses! Before you set off it is important to confirm you are equipped for the journey. Most highland roads are only accessible on 4x4 vehicles, as the roads are rough and you are likely to come across a ford or two, where you will need to drive through a river to continue your journey. Trust me, you do not want to get stuck mid river in a tiny rental car – make sure your vehicle is up to the task before setting off.

So, what to do? You can choose to rent a vehicle powerful enough to take you where you want to go. Some classic highland routes of Iceland include Kjölur – the road between Langjökull and Hofsjökull – and Askja and Herðubreiðarlindir in the North East of Iceland. Both offer gorgeous glacial views and springs of water of varying temperatures.

However, some of the most popular highland destinations among the Icelandic people can be trickier to access. They include hiking, sometimes for several days, from one beautiful location to the other, leaving your vehicle behind and getting picked up by friend of family on the other side – something most tourists would be unable to do.

This is why Reykjavík Excursions offers the Highland Bus! When you use the Highland Bus can enjoy the amazing hikes of Fimmvörðuháls, Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk without worrying about hiking back to your car. Simply buy a return ticket, book your spot on our bus, and we will take you to your setting off point. From there you hike to your chosen destination where our bus will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Simple as that! The popular Laugavegur (the hike, not the downtown shopping street) will take you about 3-4 days to complete and Fimmvörðuháls a day or two depending on your pace.

Not too keen on hiking? Travellers can also use the Highland Bus to visit one of its destinations, take in the stunning sights and then catch the bus back from the same place once finished – no need to hike to a new location. Both Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk have several easy hiking trails, suitable for most levels of mobility.

If in doubt, don't hesitate to contact our team. We will be happy to answer all your questions!

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Although it may not seem like it, you have in fact landed in civilisation and airport transfer in Iceland is readily available.

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Enjoy the amazing views of the Highlands of Iceland

23. ágúst 2021

Enjoy the amazing views of the Highlands of Iceland

23. ágúst 2021

What makes the Icelandic Highlands so interesting?

Iceland is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with only about 3 people per km2 (that's 8 people per sqmi2 for those of you across the pond). To be fair, it does feel like it when you are driving along a road with no other car as far as the eye can see. However, one of the main reasons Iceland is so sparsely populated is that a vast proportion of the country is in fact desolate wasteland; about two thirds of the island is considered tundra, with less vegetation and harsher weathers. These are the Icelandic highlands. Dramatically beautiful and treacherous, not easily crossed and definitely not to be underestimated. The highlands are difficult to survive in whole year round so most Icelanders live 'on the edge' of the country, i.e., by the coast.

Most of the year it is even impossible to enter the highlands! Many mountain roads are closed well into the month of June each year and block up again early winter, leaving only a small window of roughly three months to visit the highlands. So if you do find yourself in Iceland in the months of June through September try to seize the opportunity and visit the highlands. Many of Iceland's most spectacular scenes are off the beaten track, in more remote locations.

But hold your horses! Before you set off it is important to confirm you are equipped for the journey. Most highland roads are only accessible on 4x4 vehicles, as the roads are rough and you are likely to come across a ford or two, where you will need to drive through a river to continue your journey. Trust me, you do not want to get stuck mid river in a tiny rental car – make sure your vehicle is up to the task before setting off.

So, what to do? You can choose to rent a vehicle powerful enough to take you where you want to go. Some classic highland routes of Iceland include Kjölur – the road between Langjökull and Hofsjökull – and Askja and Herðubreiðarlindir in the North East of Iceland. Both offer gorgeous glacial views and springs of water of varying temperatures.

However, some of the most popular highland destinations among the Icelandic people can be trickier to access. They include hiking, sometimes for several days, from one beautiful location to the other, leaving your vehicle behind and getting picked up by friend of family on the other side – something most tourists would be unable to do.

This is why Reykjavík Excursions offers the Highland Bus! When you use the Highland Bus can enjoy the amazing hikes of Fimmvörðuháls, Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk without worrying about hiking back to your car. Simply buy a return ticket, book your spot on our bus, and we will take you to your setting off point. From there you hike to your chosen destination where our bus will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Simple as that! The popular Laugavegur (the hike, not the downtown shopping street) will take you about 3-4 days to complete and Fimmvörðuháls a day or two depending on your pace.

Not too keen on hiking? Travellers can also use the Highland Bus to visit one of its destinations, take in the stunning sights and then catch the bus back from the same place once finished – no need to hike to a new location. Both Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk have several easy hiking trails, suitable for most levels of mobility.

If in doubt, don't hesitate to contact our team. We will be happy to answer all your questions!

Blogg

Fáðu innblástur! Upplýsingar og góð ráð, áhugaverðir áfangastaðir, skemmtilegar staðreyndar og margt fleira. Bloggið okkar er á ensku en það er stórskemmtilegt engu að síður!

Fimm góðar ástæður til að taka Flugrútuna

Although it may not seem like it, you have in fact landed in civilisation and airport transfer in Iceland is readily available.

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