The central part of Iceland is called the Highlands. There are no settlements and it is inaccessible in winter. Our trusty campervan would have been no match for this terrain, so we joined a Superjeep tour in our final week in Iceland to get inland to a place called Landmannalaugar, where we completed one of the most memorable short hikes of our lives.
Of the 6 times we saw the northern lights in Iceland, this was the most spectacular night
We never learned the name of this hastily photographed waterfall with its attractive blue catchment pool
Most of Iceland’s interior is impassable even for normal 4×4 vehicles. Only these so-called super-jeeps can travel into the Highlands.
A desolate volcanic field under a hovering layer of mist. Hollywood can definitely film the next sci-fi movie set on a hostile planet here.
Landmannalaugar means People’s Pools but we skipped the hot springs and set off on a 2-hour hike instead
No watercolours or artistic talent needed – the unlikely landscape at Landmannalaugar already looks like a painting
This attractive waterfall plunges into the rift valley at Pingvellir
Iceland’s most-visited waterfall. Saul got so distracted that he abandoned a backpack full of photographic equipment here, necessitating an unsuccessful 3-hour midnight excursion to try and retrieve it. He was however reunited with his lenses the next day.
The lower tier of Gullfoss drops into a deep canyon that is almost completely hidden by the wild spray, which can be seen several kilometres away
The natural beauty of this revered national park is equalled by its historical and political significance – it is the site where the Vikings established the original Icelandic parliament in 930
A quiet photograph that obscures the thundering reality of this 60m cascade