Highland Base - Kerlingarfjöll

Kerlingarfjöll is an adventure-seeker’s paradise and Highland Base is the staging ground for exploring this extreme wilderness deep in Iceland’s central highlands. We opened in July and we welcome all travelers, but we are still working on finalizing the resort. Read more

Exciting offers

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime?

Two majestic nights

Hunt for the Northern Lights

Venture to the highland extremes for a 2-night winter escape where you’ll hunt for the Northern Lights and explore the famed Hveradalir geothermal field—a spellbinding hot spring valley.


Adrenaline-fueled thrills

Snowmobiling in the Extremes

Two unforgettable nights highlighted by a guided snowmobile adventure where you’ll zoom across the otherworldly snowscapes of the untamed highland wilderness.

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Highland Base Lodges

Private residences designed for supreme comfort. The ultimate in Highland Base accommodations.

Highland Base Baths

Opening this winter.

Highland Base Restaurant

80-seat restaurant with bistro comfort food, buffet dining, and a lounge.

Highland Base Hostel

Standard twin and family rooms offer coziness and warmth in a rustic atmosphere.

Highland Base Hotel

Deluxe rooms and luxury suites provide elevated comfort for lavish explorers.

Highland Base Dorm

Sleeping bag accommodations in a shared dormitory with kitchen and toilets. Summer only.

Highland Base Hostel Huts

A-frame hostel huts with sleeping bag accommodations. Summer only.

Highland Base Campsite

A spacious riverside campground. Summer only.

Campsite Service House

Shared facilities—kitchen, toilets, and showers—for campsite and huts. Summer only.

For all travelers


Our oasis is your refuge. Take your pick. Standard rooms. Premium suites. Private lodges. Find comfort in the heart of nowhere.

An otherworldly escape

Highland Base gift cards

Give someone special a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. From monetary amounts to multi-night holidays, our gift cards unlock the door to an extreme wilderness.

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Bistro comfort food

Highland Base Restaurant

Hearty cooking. Alpine-style seating. Amazing views. Our restaurant will keep you cozy and fueled up for your next adventure.


Highland Base

An Advent Adventure

A heartwarming offer

Christmastime in the highlands

Two joyous nights featuring a 4-course Christmas feast, live music, storytelling, stargazing, guided adventures, and cozy lodgings.

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A snow-covered wonderland


Kerlingarfjöll is the ultimate winter wonderland for adventure-seekers. Cross country skiing. Backcountry skiing. Snowmobiling. Hikes on demand. A world of adrenalizing thrills.


An edge-of-your-seat journey

Getting here in winter

The highland routes are not serviced during wintertime. We can only be reached with a 4x4 super jeep driven by a professional.


All travelers welcome

Highland Base Baths

Relax in geothermal warmth as you enjoy the breathtaking views. Opening in 2024.


Wonders of the universe


Explore the heavens with our high-powered telescope. Gaze on the cosmos from a place beyond the reach of light pollution. Witness an awe-inspiring canvas of northern lights, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. A hypnotic feast for the eyes. An astrophotographer’s dream.

Stargazing is a hotel inclusion offered on clear nights from October to April at 21:00. A guide will be ready to assist you.

Tales from the extremes

Storytelling & welcome drink

Bring your thirst for knowledge to the lounge. Enjoy a free drink as our storyteller takes you on a 20-minute journey covering the history and geology of Kerlingarfjöll. Learn about the mountain range and the first mountaineers who conquered its summits in the 1940s. Discover the evolution of shelter in this extreme frontier—from the first cabin to the ski school to the birth of Highland Base.

Offered nightly from November to May at 17:00 in the lounge, storytelling with a welcome drink is an inclusion offered to guests of the hotel, lodges, and hostel.

Work at Highland Base

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Your next adventure is just around the corner. Join our team at Highland Base.

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