From Holiday Home Holt to the Icelandic Highlands
Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir are among the Icelandic attractions that almost all guests of our holiday home Holt visit. And rightly so, because every visitor to Iceland must have seen these natural wonders in the Golden Circle. Of course, there are many other – no less attractive – sights to explore in the vicinity of our Holt cottage. You can find out more under “Attractions nearby” on the page about our privately owned Holiday Home Holt.
Which is often overlooked: Our accommodation is also suitable as a starting point for destinations in the Icelandic highlands.
Holiday home Holt via the Kjölur Route to Kerlingarfjöll and Hverarvellir
The Kjölur Route is an ancient route through the highlands connecting the south with the north of Iceland. In the southwest the highland road starts just behind the Gullfoss waterfall to the northeast. The runway runs between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull.
The Kerlingarfjöll hiking area can be reached by making a detour east of the Kjölur Route. Kerlingarfjöll is marked at the junction and can be reached from there after a good hour’s drive.
Numerous paths lead along bubbling mud pots, steaming brooks and coloured fumaroles. If you like, you can also stay overnight at the nearby campsite. Kerlingarfjöll is one of the places in Iceland that is not overcrowded yet, although the area is really spectacular. Volcanoes and glaciers meet here and have created a fascinating landscape. A paradise for hikers, nature lovers and photographers.
Further north along the Kjölur Route – some 90 kilometres from Gullfoss – lies the high temperature area of Hveravellir, whose volcanic system is linked to that of Langjökull.
Hot springs, fumaroles and one of the most beautiful Hot Pots of Iceland attract visitors as well as numerous hiking possibilities. Around this place there are also stories about the outlaw Fjalla-Eyvindur, who is said to have lived here with his wife Hveravellir.
Also in Hveravellir there are overnight accommodations for campers. Hveravellir is one of the few places in the Icelandic highlands that is occupied all year round. The reason for this is the local weather station.
Tip: Use our Roof´N route concept and change from holiday home Holt to our spacious cottage Hamragil in the north of Iceland by using the Kjölur route. On your way north you can visit both Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll.
And if you want to discover another region of Iceland after your stay in Northern Iceland, for example the area around Reykjavik or the peninsula Snaefellsnes, you can also book your accommodation via Nordic Lodges. Enjoy a fantastic view from the hotpot of the holiday home Brekka or cottage Langholt.
The airport in Keflavik can be reached from there in less than two hours driving time, Reykjavik in only 45 minutes driving time.
Holiday Home Holt to Landmannalaugar
The landscape of Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highlands, modelled by volcanoes and glaciers, is the starting or end point of the most famous Icelandic long-distance hiking trail, Laugavegur.
If you start from Landmannalaugar you will go from there in about four days to Thorsmörk. Landmannalaugar is the largest rhyolite area in Iceland. Its colourful mountains are among the most spectacular landscapes the island has to offer.
Route to Landmannalaugar from the west
From our Holt cottage you can reach Landmannalaugar via two different routes. The shorter and more beautiful route leads from the west via the Landmannaleið highland road, the F225. This route is forbidden for normal rental cars. There are some fords to overcome on this route. One of these fords is somewhat deeper and not recommended without a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Approach to Landmannalaugar from the north
The second possibility is via route F208 coming from the north. The northern runway is very bumpy. Most visitors choose this route because it is also accessible by regular rental car.
Landmannalaugar with its colourful mountains is a hiking paradise. Numerous tours with different degrees of difficulty and track lengths lead through fascinating landscapes and offer spectacular views. Landmannalaugar offers not only a camping site but also the possibility to swim in a hot natural spring. Translated Landmannalaugar means “the warm springs of the people of Land(sveit)”.
Even though Landmannalaugar is very popular with many visitors due to its beauty and is therefore often overcrowded, a visit there is certainly one of the highlights of every Icelandic trip. If you set off from the campsite on one of the numerous hikes, you can escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the spectacular nature.
Tip: If you decide to take the northern route, a detour to the Haifoss waterfall is a good idea. The road to Haifoss is bumpy but without fords.