A remote mountain range deep in Iceland’s central highlands. 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.


Getting here

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.


Centuries of isolation

The History of Kerlingarfjöll

Unexplored for centuries, Kerlingarfjöll was an untamed wilderness until the 1930s.

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Planetary wellbeing

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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