Stay in a traditional yurt in the highlands of Iceland
The Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highlands of Iceland is raw wilderness at its best. Located at the bottom centre of the country, the 47,000 hectare-large area is known for its breathtaking Landmannalaugar lava field, which can be translated as “people’s pools” referring to its natural hot springs. Here, at 500 metres above sea level, is where you’ll encounter your yurt to sleep in. This traditional tent structure holds up well in extreme climates and it offers enough space to accommodate your personal needs.
A yurt, in modern Turkish also synonym of “dormitory” or “homeland”, was originally used by nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia. Latticework made of bamboo or wood was covered with skins or felt to create this portable, round tent. Modern yurts might use steam-bent wooden or metal framing and a tarpaulin or canvas for cover.
You’ll wake up to an incredible backdrop of wild rugged mountains, picturesque lakes and deep valleys. Structures that were sculpted by volcanoes and geothermal activity and date back to 8-10 million years. The temperature ranges from 5-14 °C in summer (July and August) to around -6 °C in winter. Depending on the season you’re visiting, you might want to explore the various hiking trails in the area around the central volcano called Torfajökull, or just enjoy peaceful moments soaking in one of the various hot pools. In any case, you’ll bathe in serenity.