The small town of Hella has earned its popularity because of its proximity to the beautiful highland foothills. This is the perfect place to stay for those looking to explore these isolated highlands. Beware though, there's very little accommodation.
A drive up through the alpine scenery around Hekla volcano is breathtaking and takes you on to the Landmannalaugar plateau, where you can bathe outdoors in warm thermal springs while looking out on stunning mountain vistas.
Closer to Hella itself, the hotel Ranga is a great place for keen anglers who can take salmon fishing excursions on the nearby rivers, while Keldur Turf Farm is the perfect place to experience traditional Iceland, with dwellings dating form the 12th century.