The Hidden Highlands

Updated: Feb 14, 2019

The gateway to an uninhabited and unspoilt land.

Frostastaðavatn. Photo by Benjamin Hardman

Head to Iceland’s highlands this winter and experience some of the region’s most dramatic scenery. If you are touring the region and looking to go deep into the heart of this wild and enthralling landscape, then you must head to the Interior Highland.

A gateway to a heart stompingly beautiful part of Iceland, the highlands offer travellers the opportunity to get away from civilisation and see the extreme contrasts of this bold natural environment. Just under two hours from Hotel Rangá, you will find the Highland Center Hrauneyjar, situated at the edge of the country’s most impressive and active volcanic area. It is the last stop before entering the vast and untouched interior of Iceland. This is the prime location from which to base yourself as the Highland Center Hrauneyjar not only offers excellent accommodation, it also has a very good restaurant and better still, all of your activities and excursions can be organised from there.

You can book your adventure in the Hotel Rangá reception, or by email at

The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is close to many of the most beautiful and popular attractions in The Highland – including Landmannalaugar, Þjórsárdalur, Mount Hekla, Sprengisandur, Veiðivötn and Fjallabak. The vastness and lack of human impact on the surrounding area makes it one of the last places in Europe where freedom, natural beauty and solitude work in harmony.

Hnausapollur. Photo by Benjamin Hardman

Although an experienced driver can safely travel around the interior we recommend you hire a local guide who will take you to some of the wildest and most spectacular locations for a once in a lifetime experience. Most are only accessible by 4×4 and some can only be reached by those with local knowledge and good 4×4 driving experience.

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