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This New Adventure-Driven Hotel Is Opening Deep in Iceland’s Highlands

The Highland Base Kerlingarfjöll will be opening its doors in summer 2023.

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Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll
Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll

In Summer 2023, first-time visitors and Iceland repeat customers will have a new location in the country to visit. The Blue Lagoon Family is opening Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll in Ásgarður Valley in summer 2023. The new development will sit at the edge of a mountain in Iceland’s Central Highlands and will feature a hotel, base camp, and base huts.

Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll will be adventure-driven, with hiking, biking, backcountry and cross-country skiing, and even exploring the region via snowmobile. The development is near two glaciers-Hofsjökull and Langjökull-and sits on a protected nature reserve that spans nearly 40 square miles.

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Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll
Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll

“Kerlingarfjöll has been beloved by Icelanders for decades, and we’re pleased to introduce the destination in an entirely new way,” said Grímur Sæmundsen, founder & CEO of Blue Lagoon Iceland, in a statement shared with Thrillist. “Full of adventure-from the journey to the experiences while there-Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll will be unmatched for those looking to explore the remote, central highlands of Iceland.”

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Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll
Courtesy of Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll

The property will also house an 80-seat restaurant and the Highland Base Baths. There will be 46 hotel rooms, A-frame huts, and riverside campsites, so you can have your outdoor experience in varying degrees of exposure.

You can make reservations for its July 2023 opening and beyond at highlandbase.is. One-night stays at the hotel begin at just over $300.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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