Incredible 9-Hour Hidden Highlands Tour of Fjallabak Nature Reserve from Hvolsvollur

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Midgard Base Camp & Restaurant, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
9 hours
June - Sept.
Minimum age
5 years old


Discover the phenomenal Highlands of Iceland on this nine-hour super jeep tour, where you'll explore vast expanses of moss-covered lava fields, colorful mountains, and volcanic sands. Thrill-seekers who want to experience this ultimate ride in the summer, surrounded by dramatic landscapes, should reserve their seats now.

This small-group tour begins at the tour operator's base camp in Hvolsvollur, 70 miles (112 kilometers) from Reykjavik. The base camp has a restaurant and bar where you can drink coffee and request packed lunch before the tour departs.

Aboard a super jeep, you'll journey to the breathtaking hidden attractions of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, tucked away in the Icelandic Highlands. The nature reserve, where the famous Landmannalaugar geothermal oasis is located, is most known for its diverse geological landscapes.

Before going into the wilderness of the Fjallabak reserve, the tour will first pass through the Fljotshlid valley. Spectacular views of towering volcanoes will welcome you here, including Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes.

As you go deeper into the nature reserve, the super jeep ride will be more adventurous with the uneven terrain.

The back-to-back views of the Einhyrningur mountain and Markarfljotsgljufur canyon are genuinely magnificent. Einhyrningur mountain is bizarrely beautiful because of its unicorn-shaped form, soaring at 2,460 feet (750 meters).

Not far from the mountain is the awe-inspiring Markarfljotsgljufur canyon. The eruption of the Katla volcano formed this canyon. After it went off, large amounts of floodwater began spilling into the region. To this day, the floodwater remains, creating beautiful waterfalls and streams.

From here, the landscapes you'll see will only get more exciting and otherworldly, from the volcanic sands of Maelifellssandur desert to the rhyolite mountain of Laufafell.

The mountainous, rugged terrain of Thverarbotnar is a breath of fresh air and a mesmerizing visual treat. The barren lava fields, some covered by green mosses, are surrounded by large volcanic structures.  

Watch out because the path here is somewhat rocky and narrow. Afterward, the super jeep will have two more stops as you get near the end of the nine-hour tour. 

At the Maelifellssandur desert, the stunning jet-black sands are crisscrossed by glacial streams from the Myrdalsjokull glacier. Meanwhile, near the center of this otherwise barren land is a lonely geological wonder called Mount Maelifell.

The tour's last stop starkly contrasts what you've seen in the remote areas of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Mount Laufafell stands out among the other equally unique sights in the Highlands of Iceland, composed mainly of orange rhyolite rocks.

The colorful mountain is the perfect spot to take some photos for your unforgettable super jeep adventure.

As the hidden Highlands tour of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve ends, you will descend back into the valley and return to the base camp. 

Whether you're an adventure-seeker or someone looking to explore less-crowded Icelandic attractions, this Fjallabak Nature Reserve summer tour can satisfy your cravings. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Super jeep ride from Hvolsvollur
Professional guide and driver
Small group tour (maximum of 14)


Super Jeep

What to bring

Waterproof clothing with thermal layers
Sturdy trail or hiking shoes (Gore-Tex or alternative)
Liner gloves and socks (wool or synthetic)
Headwear (wool or synthetic)
Lunch, snacks, and water

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