ICELAND INTERIOR TRAVEL GUIDE
The Central Highlands
The uninhabited interior of Iceland is among
the very few relatively easily accessible such areas left in the
world. Its border is roughly drawn along the 400 m elevation and
within that frame we have about 80% of the total area of the country.
It consist mainly of moraines, sanded areas, lava fields, lakes and
glaciers. The green pearls or the vegetated oases are only to be found
where there is sufficient water. The landscapes are very varied and
beautiful. It is recommended to use 4wd vehicles because of the
various and changing condition of the tracks and unbridged rivers,
which have to be forded with the greatest of care. It is also recommended that people read the special brochure on driving
in the interior before heading up there and remember,
off road driving is strictly
Many of those who visit the interior catch the bug and the only
remedy is to revisit regularly.
Travelling across the interior was common during the Saga
period, but after that up to the middle of the 18th century,
superstition kept people away. Nowadays an increasing
number of people enjoy
this part of the country the whole year round.
YOUR DESTINATIONS BY CLICKING THE MAP OR BELOW
The road system is constantly being improved and some of the mountain
roads are passable by all vehicles during summer. In winter snowmobiles,
snow scooters and modified jeeps equipped with monster tires make their way to
every nook and cranny of the interior. During summer scheduled buses drive
daily across the Kjolur route, the Landmanna
the Sprengisandur route from Reykjavik and
Landmannalaugar and Myvatn.