Scarcity of cabins in the highland of Iceland
One of the most rewarding experiences in this world is traveling the vast empty expense of the highland of Iceland on your own or in a small group.
Sadly, due to mass influx of tourists this is getting harder by the minute and certainly the places where you´ll be completely on your own are dwindling rapidly.
The majority of visitors either made do with organized trips into Landmannalaugar or Kerlingarfjoll area of the highland while some others rent their own vehicle but still mostly stay on the main paths. Only a handful really try to get a feel for the highland by actually spending time there.
About 40 or so cabins are found in the highland area most of which have basic beds and running water. It used to be the case that whoever happened upon a cabin in the highland would be welcome to enter and use. Alas, this is no longer the case. The massive interest means every single space available is booked to the hilt months in advance.
Thus, you will need to plan your route very carefully should you wish to see the Icelandic highland and possibly use the cabins for laying down your hat once in awhile. You will need to book the most popular ones no later than the winter before arriving.
The way to do this, in most cases, is by contacting the Iceland touring association on their website and make a booking. The fee varies according to where exactly you want to stay but on average the price per night is roughly about 5000 ISK / 33€ / 43$ per night.
Don´t expect five star treatment. Expect small and flimsy buildings, close quarters with smelly strangers from all over, annoying noises and powerless showers.
But it is most definitely worth it 🙂