The Highland Interior

Inland from the relatively fertile coastline, Iceland’s Highland Interior is a beautiful wilderness of black gravel, lava plains and glaciated peaks, blasted by summer storms and severe winter frosts. Not surprisingly, the Interior has never been settled, but it remained crossed by the ghosts of numerous pack-horse trails used from Viking times until Route 1 around the country was completed in the 1970s. Open for just a few weeks in summer to 4WDs only, the most accessible of these routes are the Kjölur (from Gullfoss to near Akureyri) and Fjallabak (from Hella to Kirkjubæjarklaustur). Long-distance buses also follow these ...

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