A remote mountain range deep in Iceland’s central highlands, Kerlingarfjöll is an extreme paradise of steaming geothermal valleys, glacial rivers, perennial snow fields, and panoramic vistas.
A primal wilderness
An Extreme Paradise
For centuries, this primal wilderness has been the source of myths and folktales. The name itself was inspired by a 25-meter pillar of volcanic rock—the legendary geological remains of a giantess who roamed the mountains and turned to stone when she was stricken by the first rays of the rising sun.
Kerlingarfjöll holds a special place in the hearts of generations of Icelanders who visited this untouched region year after year. To move across the vivid rhyolite hills and into the towering mountainscape is to walk in the footsteps of adventurers from across the ages.
The final touches
A new era begins
We opened in the summer of 2023, offering multiple levels of hospitality to accommodate everyone from the backpacking traveler to the lavish explorer.Read more
In the summer, Highland Base is accessible by car or private transfer. During the winter, we can only be reached via 4x4 super jeep driven by a professional.Explore
Centuries of isolation
The History of Kerlingarfjöll
Unexplored for centuries, Kerlingarfjöll was an untamed wilderness until the 1930s.Read more
Protecting & Honoring the Land
In 2020, Kerlingarfjöll was designated a Protected Nature Reserve by Umhverfisstofnun—the Environmental Agency of Iceland. This classification aims to preserve and honor the geological, geographical, and geothermal sanctity of Kerlingarfjöll. Highland Base is committed to maintaining the purity of Kerlingarfjöll.
The resort aspires to exist in harmony with nature, upholding the principles of planetary wellbeing. All construction processes and materials have been chosen in accordance with the standards developed by BREEAM—the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for buildings.
Sturdy & sustainable
Architecture & Design
Highland Base was architected with sturdy, sustainable materials to withstand the elements and catalyze wellbeing, incorporating clean lines, aged wood, vaulted ceilings, muted tones, and textured walls to create robust, rustic living spaces that blend modernity and tradition.
Designed to harmonize with the surrounding environment, the resort’s cozy minimalism echoes through the furnishings, decor, and lighting, producing an enduring sense of peace, warmth, and comfort.
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