I t is the age old dilemma. So many places, so little time. The more you look at a map of Iceland before your trip the more anxious you become as you realize you could spend a lifetime here and still not see diddly squat of things in this fair land.
As team Total Iceland has written about before, all things condsidered two weeks is a very nice time period for a visit to Iceland. It will give you nice time to drive or tour the Ring Road circling most the country and more importantly let you breathe it in slowly and not in much rush. But it is a far cry from being enough time if you want to see everything.
a day-tour or two will not do justice to the highland or you the traveler
One thing many contemplate is if visiting the highlands if feasible. Apart from the fact that most highland places in Iceland are totally off limits for eight to nine months of the year and apart from the fact that you will need either your own 4×4 vehicle or be whisked around on time consuming coach tours it should come as no surprise that a day-tour or two will not do justice to the highland or you the traveler. It is akin to going to the theater for Macbeth and leaving before part III.
That said, we recommend you try your utmost to fit a visit to Kerlingarfjoll mountain park into your schedule while in Iceland. Not only is this place not yet as heavily crowded as other popular tourist sites in the highland but more importantly this is perhaps the one place in the country where you get a true sense of what this amazing country really is.
First off, Kerlingarfjoll has rather decent accommodation options in either cabins or camping area in probably the only speck of green for miles around. Compare that specific green dot with mounds after mounds of brightly colored earth and peaks. Then compare those vivid colors to the three large glaciers that can be seen from this place. Oh, that and the blue skies and perhaps the midnight sun to boost.
In essence, you can hike or slowly walk around here for centuries and not once be bored.
It is as stunning a show as any mother nature has produced and you would be well advised to make time for this place. However, it is a bit hard to get to and for cabin stay you will have to book many months beforehand. And no, there is no supermarket here either. You will have to bring all you need with you.
Not convinced yet? You will be.