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Close to Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, lies the fantastic mountain range of Jarlhettur. The name translates to “Earl’s Hats” in English, it is a series of striking palagonite mountains known for their distinctive steep and pointed shapes, resembling caps or hats. Beneath the powerful-looking mountains lie two muddy and murky lagoons that the glacier melts into. This location offers a stark contrast between the dark, volcanic rock of Jarlhettur, the white and icy expanse of the glacier and the muddy lagoons. The appearance of Jarlhettur changes dramatically with the seasons. In winter, the range is often capped with snow, while in summer the terrain reveals the dark, rugged rock beneath, displaying a different kind of beauty.

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The road leading to this location is very rough gravel and is not serviced during winter.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
4x4 required
Challenging terrain accessible only by off-road vehicles with high ground clearance
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Guide recommended
Guidance is suggested, but not required

Services nearby

The nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 106 kilometres away. Within 100-kilometre radius, there are convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and more hotels and other services.
< 50 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 50 km
More than 50 km away


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This area needs a two-way permit, which a production service company can get for you.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
A few travel companies operate from this location, you would have collaborate with them for filming.
Ask the property owner for shooting permission

Basecamp and facilities

There are several options for basecamps as the area is very desolate with vast, open spaces. There is a large cabin near this location with a large parking lot outside, which productions have used as basecamps before. Phone coverage is bad at this location.

Risk factors

The road leading to the cabin is a very rough gravel road. We do not recommend you drive on the glacier without a guide or Mountaineers of Iceland.


The area is fairly popular with tourists and locals. A few companies work on the glacier, selling snow scooter trips, but the area can be managed with PAs or park rangers.

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