The Highlands of Iceland are hard to describe. It feels like you are in a martian terrain. The majority of it is volcanic desert made of a hard, black surface that is inhospitable to most fauna. Incredibly small plants grow in some areas and from a distance they look like moss, or as Layne said on our trip "like someone took a bucket of green and poured it on top." The grooves and cuts in the hills show through. In the distance you can see the snow on the peaks of the mountains.