Kerlingarfjöll Mountains - Hotel Rangá - Luxury Hotel in South Iceland

Kerlingarfjöll Mountains

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Drive from hotel

3 hrs

Accessability

4×4 Car

Season

Summer

Kerlingarfjöll is a mountain range located deep in the Icelandic highlands. This area is totally unique, offering visitors fantastic scenery and an immense amount of geothermal activity. The Kerlingarfjöll mountain range lies between the two glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull.  Steam wafts in the air and there are many hot springs and mud pools in the area. Kerlingarfjöll is an amazing place to hike and there are a variety of trails winding through the barren mountains. If you walk in the geothermal valley of Hveradlir you will find mountains made of a volcanic rock called rhyolite in a variety of colors. Hikers should be always be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing – the weather in the highlands can change rapidly. 

FAQ about Kerlingarfjöll Mountains

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It is possible for experienced drivers to drive to the mountain range during the summertime. However, you must use a 4×4 vehicle. We highly recommend that you book a tour with a local guide. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception to book your tour today.

Kerlingarfjöll is made out of rhyolite which is a volcanic rock rich in minerals. Most rhyolites are light gray to pinkish in color, but red or even black rhyolites do exist. The bubbling hot springs are covered in mineral-rich rocks, making them appear various shades of green, red and yellow. 

Distances from Kerlingarfjöll Mountains

It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to drive from Hotel Rangá to Kerlingarfjöll. This area is only accessible in the summer and you must drive a 4×4 vehicle.

It takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes to drive from Reykjavík to Kerlingarfjöll. Please remember that this area is only accessible in the summer by 4×4 vehicles. 

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