Iceland’s Central Highlands are a place of immense, heavenly beauty—hence their use as a location for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Towering mountains stand obstructing sweeping glacial tongues, and domineering canyons are lashed with the tumbling cascade of countless waterfalls. See our stunning photo gallery of the Icelandic highlands below.


See also: Highland Tours
or, The Ultimate Guide to the Highlands of Iceland | Where They Are and How to Visit


The two most famous areas in the Highlands are known as Landmannalaugar (“The Pools of the People”) and Þórsmörk, otherwise known as the Valley of Thor. These regions are connected by Iceland’s most famous hiking trail, Laugavegur, which at a distance of 54 kilometres takes approximately four days to trek.

Aside from a few notable exceptions, tours to the Highlands are unavailable during the winter due to the difficulty in navigating its rough, snow-blanketed terrain. However, in the summer, the Highlands truly alive in unexpected ways. 


See also: Top 5 Places to Visit in the Highlands of Iceland | A Beginner’s Guide


Take Landmannalaugar, for instance, an area comprised of rhyolite hillside that, due to their mineral make-up, appear to glimmer and shine with the passing light, creating an otherwise unimaginable kaleidoscopic effect. The region takes its name from the abundance of naturally-heated geothermal pools that dot the area. 

All in all, the Highlands cover a total area of 40,000 square kilometres, meaning that a number of attractions can be found within. For instance, guests will be eager to appreciate waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss, mountains like Herðubreið and the glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull.

Game of Thrones shot at Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in Þórsmörk for Season 7. Avid viewers will remember the particular scene when Jon Snow and his merry band of warriors venture beyond the Wall to find an undead wight, capturing it to show Queen Cersei the dangers that march toward Westeros.

At the beginning of the clip above, it is also possible to spot Kirkjufell Mountain, found on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland’s west. Read more in Photo Gallery of Kirkjufell in Snæfellsnes: The Mountain Like An Arrowhead.


Are you planning on visiting the Central Icelandic Highlands? Have you visited the Highlands before and, if so, what were your favourite attractions there? Make sure to check out our other Game of Thrones themed photo galleries, including Photo Gallery of ‘Beyond The Wall’ at Svínafellsjökull Glacier in IcelandGame of Thrones Locations in Iceland | Dimmuborgir & Lake Myvatn and Þingvellir National Park as a Game of Thrones Filming Location | Photo Gallery.

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