Wednesday, 27 December 2017

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a pearl of the highlands of Iceland, located in the nature reserve of Fjallabak. It is found at the extremity of the lava field of Laugahraun and was formed during a volcanic eruption in 1477. This place is known for the beauty of its landscape, its geothermal sources and hiking trails - the surrounding nature is breathtaking.

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

You can take three roads to reach the site, but it is not accessible by 2x4 vehicle, and it is advisable to have a 4x4 of sufficient size to reach it. You can also take a bus to Landmannalaugar (from Reykjavík, Selfoss, Hella or Leirubakki) or join a super jeep excursion.

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

Þórsmörk

Thórsmörk or Þórsmörk, a small mountain range in southern Iceland, is a beautiful area where you can enjoy Icelandic nature to the fullest. Surrounded by the Krossá valley to the south and Þrönga and Markafljót to the north, the region is one of the most popular in the country for hiking. The vegetation of the region is lush because it is a protected area, and the climate is very mild because the valley is surrounded by glaciers. It is therefore generally better weather in Thórsmörk than in the rest of southern Iceland.

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

Thórsmörk offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley offers many hiking opportunities. The most popular hikes are well signposted and information is available to find out which hiking route is best suited to your level and desires.

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

From 1 May to 15 October, a daily 4x4 bus journey takes you from BSI Reykjavík to Thórsmörk. You can also join a super-jeep tour to get to the site.

Askja

Located in Iceland's remote highlands, Askja is a caldera of 45 km² (a crater formed by the collapse of a volcano) and it is filled with a splendid limpid blue lake: the Öskjuvatn, which, with its 217 m depth, is the deepest lake in Iceland. Right next to this lake is a second lake with green and milky waters in the Vìti crater. The volcanic zone is active (the last eruption dates from 1961).

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

The discovery of this giant crater offers a true lesson in volcanology, a must-see experience on a trip to Iceland. Many travelers also descend to the crater to bathe in its warm waters despite the surrounding snows that never really leave the area. An unusual experience and memories are guaranteed!

3 gems in the Highlands of Iceland to visit this summer!

Access to Askja requires an all-terrain vehicle (4x4) whether you come from the North or from the East. You can also join a 4x4 or super jeep tour.

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