The Highland Center Hrauneyjar

The Highland Center Hrauneyjar

The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is located at the edge of Iceland’s most impressive and active volcanic area. Both made-up beds and sleeping bag accommodations are available, and guests have access to a spacious dining room and a living room with TV and free Wi-Fi. As the final stop before entering the untouched interior of Iceland, Hrauneyjar is an ideal location for nature lovers, as it is superbly located for hikes, day excursions and sightseeing in the highlands. 

Open all year (closed Christmas and New Year). 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna / Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Fishing/Hunting

In the area

  • Mt. Hekla
  • Þjórsárdalur Valley 33 km
  • Veiðivötn Lakes 34 km
  • Landmannalaugar 40 km
  • Sprengisandur highland route
  • Flúðir Village 90 km
  • Hella Village 100 km


23 Standard double/twin rooms, 13 Standard triple rooms and 20 Small double rooms all with private bathroom. 35 rooms with sleeping bag accommodation. 


The Hrauneyjar Highland Centre has a well-known restaurant that is open between 11:00 and 21:00, serving heartwarming food and sitting up to 180 guests. The menu includes Icelandic lamb soup, salmon, lamb, beef, a selection of hamburgers and sandwiches, and a daily special. A la carte menu available from 18:00-21:00 from June to September. 

Service and recreation

Guests at The Highland Center Hrauneyjar have access to a sauna. A small shop and petrol station is furthermore at the center. During the summer season, scheduled buses stop at Hrauneyjar, which is the last service center with fuel before crossing the highland to north Iceland via the Sprengisandur highland route. Marked hiking trails and fishing permits. The nearest towns with supermarkets and a swimming pool are Flúðir (90 km / 56 mi) and Hella (100 km / 62 mi).

Mt. Hekla

Because of the surroundings of The Highland Center Hrauneyjar, it is one of the last places in Europe where it is possible to experience freedom, natural beauty and solitude, all combined into an extraordinary and powerful experience. Towering over the region is Mt. Hekla, one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, as well as being one of Iceland’s most active. It is an irresistible challenge for climbers and geology enthusiasts alike.

Edgy, enveloping and spectacular

Landmannalaugar (40 km / 25 mi) is an area of unmatched natural beauty. Located in a valley between colourful and steep mountains, by the high and dark edge of a lava field, it is one of the most visited areas in the Icelandic Highlands and an absolute must-see. The area is always accessible by super jeeps on special tours. Landmannalaugar are not least famous for hot and cold springs and a natural and thermal bathing pool.

A memorable valley

A visit to Þjórsárdalur (33 km / 20.5 mi) is a memorable day trip that can be taken all year round from The Highland Center Hrauneyjar. The Saga-Age Farmhouse, a replica of the farm Stöng, was re-built in 1974. The original farm was destroyed by the 1104 Mt. Hekla eruption. A short walk up the valley takes you to Háifoss, the second-highest waterfall in Iceland. Gjáin – the Gorge – is a beautiful oasis at the edge of the central highlands and should not be missed when visiting Þjórsárdalur.


Hosts: Friðrik and Ingi Þór


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