Until the 1850s Icelanders believed that this mountain range (10km off Rte 35 on Rte F347) harboured the worst outlaws. It was thought they lived deep in the heart of the 150-sq-km range in an isolated Shangri-la-type valley. So strong was this belief that it was only in the mid-19th century that anyone ventured into Kerlingarfjöll, and it was only in 1941 that the range was properly explored by Ferðafélag Íslands (Iceland Touring Association).
The colourfully dramatic landscape is broken up into jagged peaks and ridges, the highest of which is Snækollur (1477m), and it’s scattered with hot springs. The striated steaming geothermal valley called Hveradalir is a highlight.