WILDERNESS CENTER SUMMER STAY: LIVING WITH LOCALS

From 84,000 ISK

This two day experience is so much more than just an overnight stay in the remote Norðurdalur in East Iceland. The Wilderness Center, both a farm and a museum, offers a compelling mix of action, history and great traditional food in an authentic environment. Enjoy bathing in hot springs, experience magnificent nature under the midnight sun, get to know the friendly Icelandic horses, sleep in a unique setting and have fun getting pulled across a glacier river in a cable box.

Day 1

You start the day by driving through forest and mountain scenery along Lagarfljót lake, home to Iceland’s most famous underwater monster. Your local guide will tell you all about the mystical stories of the lake.

Once at the Wilderness Center you will be guided through the unique museum, designed by collaborating artists. After that you can enjoy a lunch of primarily local ingredients in the home-style kitchen.
After lunch your local guide will take you to an abandoned farm, with its picturesque stories and traces of the past. Farther upstream, waterfalls drop in series from the highland plateau. The adventurous have a chance to cross the glacial river in a renovated, traditional cable trolley.

After light refreshments beside the Center’s cozy kitchen, you will be introduced to the historically “most trusted servant” – the unique Icelandic horse – and take a pleasant ride along the valley. This is something you have to experience at least once in your life!

For a pre-dinner appetizer, you’ll visit a traditional food-smoking hut to taste some local meat and learn about Icelandic food traditions through the centuries.
Experience a wilderness dinner with ingredients from the highlands, prepared by local residents in the open, cozy kitchen.

In the evening we relax in the hot-spring and authentic spa at the Center.

Day 2

We start the day with breakfast, then scout for reindeer and stop for photos as we drive onto the highland plateau around Snæfell mountain. At the magnificent Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon we enjoy our packed lunch, then bathe in the natural hot springs by Laugarfell mountain.

Heading once more for the valley, Hengifoss waterfall is our last destination. One of Iceland’s highest waterfalls, it drops 128 meters off the plateau into a magnificent gorge. The high, colorful cliffs around it display lava layers from volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary Period, during which Iceland rose from the sea. It takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to our vantage point below the waterfall. On the way, we might also fall in love with the photogenic Litlanesfoss waterfall, framed by exceptionally long, graceful basalt columns.

Finally, the guides get you safely back to the town of Egilsstaðir. There you can look around town and grab a bite if you wish before flying back to Reykjavik.

* This itinerary might have minor changes due to winter weather conditions.

Location: Wilderness Center / Óbyggðasetur Íslands, Norðurdalur in Fljótsdalur
701 Egilsstaðir.

What’s included?

•  Fully guided tour
•  Vehicle ride from ferry / airport and back
•  All transport on the tour
•  Lunch, refreshments and dinner on Day 1
•  Breakfast, packed lunch and refreshments on Day 2
•  Accommodation in a unique environment in double room with shared facilities*
•  Free access to the events, exhibition, bath house and hot spring

Located in a remote part of the Eastern region of Iceland the Wilderness Centre offers a unique experience which transcends any regular farm holiday.

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GOOD TO KNOW:

To make the most out of your stay in the Wilderness Center it is recommended that you book accommodation in Egilsstaðir or the surrounding area for the nights before and after the tour.

*Rooms can be upgraded to have private facilities upon request.

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