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About Highland Tours in Iceland

The Highlands of Iceland are the country’s vast, uninhabited interior, only accessible in the summer. It is the prime location for day hikes and multi-day treks, as well as super jeep tours.

In the Highlands, you will be able to visit many geothermal areas, mountains, volcanoes and glaciers. Beautiful examples of all these natural features exist within Landmannalaugar, Iceland's most popular Highland area.

1. What are the most popular attractions in the Highlands?

The most popular attractions are Landmannalaugar geothermal area, Þórsmörk valley and Kerlingarfjöll mountain resort. 

2. What is there to do in the Highlands?

The Highlands are a haven for hiking, mountain climbing and sightseeing.

3. When is the best time to visit the Highlands?

Usually, the Highlands are accessible from June until August, give or take a week depending on the season.

4. What are the most popular hiking trails in the Highlands?

The most popular day hikes are in Landmannalaugar, although Fimmvörðuháls pass, from Þórsmörk to Skógar is another leading trail. The Laugavegur trek, from Þórsmörk to Landmannalaugar is the most popular multi-day hike.

5. Where are the geothermal areas and how do I reach them?

There are geothermal areas in Landmannalaugar, which can be hiked to with ease, and in Hveravellir, an area which can be reached by car.

6. What type of car must I drive to reach the Highlands?

You will need a four-wheel-drive but certain routes are only accessible by super jeep. The only exception is Kjölur highland road, but two-wheel-drive rentals are not allowed here.

7. Where are the Highland hotels?

Accommodation in the Highlands is largely composed of mountain huts. Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort, Hrauneyjar Highland Centre and the Óbyggðasetur Wilderness Centre are exceptions to this, found on Kjölur Highland Route, on Sprengisandur Highland Route, and in East Iceland on Route 935.

8. Are there any campsites in the Highlands?

Yes, there are many designated camping areas in the Highlands.

9. Where do I shop for food in the Highlands?

There are no settlements in the Highlands, thus you will need to prepare all the food you may need in advance.

10. Am I in threat of being caught in a volcanic eruption in the Highlands?

The odds are minimal. Volcanoes can go off at any time, but if there are any signs of an eruption, the area will be quickly evacuated.

11. Are there any dangerous animals in the Highlands?

No, there are no dangerous animals in Iceland.

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

This was an awesome tour. However, the weather doesn't always cooperate and the Landmannalauger tour was cancelled due to storm conditions. Also, we couldn't reach parts of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula due to the weather and we were on Plan X as our guide made sure that we still got to see some pretty awesome things on the tour in place of the things we were missing. We hiked to the top of a crater - it was so windy we thought we would blow off but that was the highlight of the trip for my son. Embla, our travel agent, was great at getting us alternate tours and finding us a hotel room in Reykjavik when the Landmannalauger tour was canceled. Even though we were so bummed it was canceled we knew that that is to be expected with winter weather in Iceland and you just have to go with the flow. I know that Guide to Iceland is just arranging tours for us with other tour companies, which we could have done on our own, but I was sooooo glad we went through Guide to Iceland. We were notified by email that our Landmannalauger tour (scheduled for the following day) was canceled due to weather when we stopped for lunch and had access to wifi. I then forwarded the email to Embla right away. After that we had cell reception and wifi maybe only 10 minutes for the rest of the day until we got back to our hotel at 8pm. If we had booked our tours ourselves, we would have gotten back to our hotel and would have had to find hotel rooms for the following two nights on our own. It was a good feeling knowing I didn't have to worry about it because Embla was taking care of it while we didn't have cell/wifi service. We were still able to do a one day Golden Circle/Snowmobile tour and a one day South Iceland ATV tour of black beach (that was my favorite part of the trip). The ice cave and the snowmobile tours were extremely crowded. I actually enjoyed Snæfellsnes Peninsula a lot because it was very quiet and not crowded. We didn't see one other tour bus while we were up there. All in all a fabulous vacation and I will definitely be back to Iceland. I highly recommend Guide to Iceland.

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

Bonjour à tous, Nous avons réservé ce voyage très à l'avance, environ 8 à 9 mois. Le jour J est arrivé et nous avons à fond profité de ce voyage juste extraordinaire. Durant ces quelques jours en Islande, nous avons eu pas mal de malchance. Beaucoup de séjours annulés à cause du temps. Cependant, GuideToIceland a été au TOP ! Notre agent a su tout de suite rebondir sur ces événements et nous trouver des alternatives plus que satisfaisantes. Et oui, on a goûté aux météos Nordique :D Enfin voilà, un très grand merci à cette agence de voyage que l'on recommande fortement ! Professionnel et honnête sont les deux mots qui qualifierait selon nous le mieux GuideToIceland!!

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Landmannalaugar & Hekla Volcano Super Jeep Tour

4.4 average rating | 12 reviews

Landmannalaugar & Hekla Volcano Super Jeep Tour

We went to this trip in October, the weather is terrible, windy and cold and rainy. We can not get off the car cause the weather is bad. And when we were arrived to the mountain. It was all covered by the snow so we can't see any color of the mountain. The hot spring is impossible to get in cause the weather is almost 0 degree Celsius. I think this is terrible, do not choose this one in fall or winter.

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Thorsmork Super-Jeep Tour | Valley of Thor

5 average rating | 4 reviews

Thorsmork Super-Jeep Tour | Valley of Thor

We were group of 9 in 12 seat big jeep. The ride was amazingly comfortable and I enjoyed the trip til the very end. When we arrived at Seljalandsfoss, supposedly second stop for us, the guide decided it was too crowded so we kept going and came back in the afternoon when there was not many people. The trip was flexible like this all day and it was really nice to be able to ask questions because it was such small group. Thorsmork was truely amazing place but the other location were also wonderful! In addition to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, we went to a hidden waterfall along a very small river. I really enjoyed this small group guided tour and highly recommend to anyone!

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Landmannalaugar & Mt Hekla Jeep Tour

4.8 average rating | 5 reviews

Landmannalaugar & Mt Hekla Jeep Tour

We had a fantastic time on this tour! The guide Ólöf had a fresh and bright disposition, was very knowledgeable, answered a lot of questions and seemed to genuinely like being a guide. Mount Hekla had an amazing view and the hot springs were absolutely perfect with the lovely Landmannalaugar scenery. The sights were absolutely breathtaking and the drive itself exciting and fun! I definitely recommend this tour for those who want some excitement mixed with relaxation :)

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Landmannalaugar & Hekla Volcano | Private Super Jeep Tour

5 average rating | 1 reviews

Landmannalaugar & Hekla Volcano | Private Super Jeep Tour

This tour was fantastic, and it was just us - no additions to the group. Einar was a great guide! He gauged our sense of adventure at the beginning of the day and then tailored the tour accordingly. The road to Ljotipollur was still blocked off so we couldn't get up close this time. Hekla was also pretty socked in with clouds and changing weather, so we only saw it from afar as well. Despite these hiccups, the rest of the day more than made up for what we couldn't experience. We even got to see a few things not on the general tour to make up for what we missed.

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

My trip to Iceland was literally one of the best experiences of my life. The accommodations are all very nice and comfortable. I traveled alone and had a great time meeting fellow travelers, and I met several other solo travelers so don't let going alone worry you, you will make friends. My trip started with going immediately to Blue Lagoon directly from the airport and I highly recommend that as a start to your trip. When I got there the sun was rising and it was epic! (Do make sure you carry on your jackets and warm clothing, my bags were delayed and I was very happy to have my important warm clothes.) The second day we headed to the West Coast with Nice Travel and the guide was great and very knowledgable. It was too windy for our whale tour so he took us to a great volcano museum, and he also made a special effort to help us see the Northern Lights for the first time even though that wasn't included in the tour. Also, the Greenland Shark museum and experience was definitely unique and I am glad I saw it even if the taste isn't something I will miss! I then had a break day and was able to go clubbing in Reykjavik where I saw GusGus, which was suggested by my previous guide and was awesome. The next part of the trip was to the Highlands in a super jeep vehicle. The trucks were all very warm and comfy. This was by far the highlight of the trip and we stayed in a lodge near a geothermal pool. I loved snowmobiling and the view of the Norther Lights from this area was incredible due to the remoteness. The guides from Extreme Iceland were excellent. Olly is the bomb and you can tell he loves his job and Iceland. Also, on a side note the guides brought soup made by one of their mothers on the first night and it was superb. The second night they made lamb on a grill which was the best thing I had on the trip even counting the city. These guys know how to cook! I would suggest buying wine, beer or spirits at the Airport duty free before your trip starts or you won't have it for this part of the trip and you may want that stuff. Also, bring earplugs and a pillow for the group sleeping area. The last part of the trip to the Glacier Lagoon & Hohn to see the lights was incredible. The night we saw the lights it was a 6 out of 9 level and they were extremely strong for us. I am a pro-photographer and I was able to get great photos of them. Bring a tripod and experiment with your camera at 800ISO-3200ISO, shutter speed of 15-30seconds and F1.4-2.8 and focus on infinity in manual and you should be able to shoot the lights. Our guid on this trip Christian was extremely knowledgeable and made extra stops the whole way to and from Hohn. He also played Icelandic music the whole way back and did a full rundown on the history of Bjork, the Sugar Cubes along with the political history of Iceland and how that intersects with music as many of the artists are now politicians. He was also the manager of one of the bands he spoke about and knew Bjork from working with her on a charity. Christian was also a photographer so he knew the best spots to shoot and made efforts to help everyone not just me get great photos. This dude is legit! The black beach was great too! I decided to rent a car after my tour was over and return there so I had more time. I would recommend to everyone if you want to do photos of special stuff stay an extra couple of days and rent a car to go back to any highlights or things you might think you missed once you get to know the country. Take this trip you won't be disappointed!

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & the Ice Cave

It is a really amazing trip in Iceland.The hotels are good and comfortable,the guide all are really awesome. Espacially the trip operated by the golden travel which make feel very happy. The guide Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson not only do the job well but also like a good friend to everyone. He took us to many different unbelievable beautiful place like the black beach in Vik and also a lot of other good-view place. He just like a good friend to me and really miss him. If i got another chance to iceland,the iceland golden travel and the guide Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson will always be my first choice. If there are other people is watching this rate,please trust me!!! THE OPERATOR:ICELAND GOLDEN TRAVEL AND THE GUIDE:Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson IT WILL BE THE BEST CHOICE YOU'VE EVER MADE! REALLY APPRECIATE FOR THIS AMAZING TRIP!

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Wonderful experiences with 3 well-scheduled tours to a lot of amazing places in Iceland. Our guides were all terrific. This package is highly recommandable.

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Landmannalaugar & Mt Hekla Jeep Tour

4.8 average rating | 5 reviews

Landmannalaugar & Mt Hekla Jeep Tour

Great Trip, good guide and transport and fantastic scenery. We did it in Winter but it looks like it would be amazing in the Summer too. Definitely recommended.

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