1 Sprengisandur

The classic Interior trip, across an unremittingly bleak and barren desert stretching to a horizon tipped with ice caps. Not surprisingly, outlaws were once banished here.

2 Kjölur

Unusually for a road across Iceland’s hostile Interior, in summer you can generally tackle this rough, stony track in a conventional car.

3 Hveravellir

This steam vent provides an unexpected splash of green and a bathable hot spring in the middle of the wilderness, and is a great place to break an Interior traverse.

4 Herðubreið

This ice-capped “Queen of Icelandic Mountains” forms an isolated, flat-topped platform rising above the middle of a black gravel desert.

5 Askja

Massive caldera rimmed by rough, snowy peaks, where you can swim in a crater flooded with lukewarm water, the remnants of a colossal eruption in 1875.

6 Kverkfjöll

Extremely remote and difficult-to-reach ice caves, hollowed out by hot springs welling up under the northwestern edge of the mighty Vatnajökull ice cap.

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