Photos: Iceland's majestic highlands

Langisjór.

Langisjór. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

The Icelandic highlands are one of the most unpopulated areas of Europe. Covering some 400 - 500 square kilometres they offer black deserts, mountains, canyons and glaciers formed mostly in the second ice age. 

Mountain roads through the highlands open when the snow has melted, in June or early July and stay open until September. 

All photgraphs are by renowned Morgunblaðið photographer Ragnar Axelsson, Rax. 

Mountains at Langisjór.

Mountains at Langisjór. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Hvítarvatn at Langjökull glacier forms almost a painting-like landscape.

Hvítarvatn at Langjökull glacier forms almost a painting-like landscape. Ragnar Axelsson

Eyjabakkar.

Eyjabakkar. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Dimmugljúfur canyon.

Dimmugljúfur canyon. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Langisjór.

Langisjór. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Jökulsá á Fljótsdal glacial river. The Jokulsa in Fljotsdalur river ...

Jökulsá á Fljótsdal glacial river. The Jokulsa in Fljotsdalur river where the dam at Eyjabakkar will be built. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Reindeer in the East Highlands.

Reindeer in the East Highlands. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

Öræfi in East Iceland.

Öræfi in East Iceland. Rax / Ragnar Axelsson

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