Authentic Iceland – Living with the locals
Nature bath – Turf houses – River monster – Wilderness – Waterfall – Outlaws – Cable Way – Tranquility – Canyons – Exhibition – Sleeping in a museum – Abandoned farm – Stargazing – Food experience
This tour offers a compelling mix of action, history and great food experience in an authentic environment. Enjoy bathing in hot springs, experience magnificent nature, meet the unique Icelandic horse, stargaze, sleep in a museum and enjoy crossing a glacial river by a cable ferry. Our Wilderness exhibition is a fun interactive experience both indoors and outside around the Center.
The tour starts with a scenic drive over the mountains and along the Lagarfljót lake, home of a famous river monster. We listen to stories of the mystical nature of the lake. At the Wilderness Center, you will be guided through the unique wilderness museum, created by a group of artists, filmmakers and historians. There we enjoy local food for lunch made in the Center´s homely kitchen. Then our local guide takes us to a picturesque abandoned farm full of stories and traces of the past. Those who dare can experience the adventure of crossing the glacier river in a renovated cable-box. Then we enjoy light refreshments in the center‘s cosy kitchen before soaking in the hot spring at the Wilderness Center where the view over the peaceful valley is a delightful treat. As an appetizer before dinner, we visit a traditional turf smoke hut and taste the local smoked meat. Experience local food, a wilderness dinner, with ingredients from the highlands that are prepared and cooked by the locals in a open cozy kitchen.
After dinner, we visit the Wilderness stargazing station. Located in reconstructed ruins of an old sheep stable, made from stones and turf. This location offers a fabulous view of clear skies and the authenticity and peaceful atmosphere is magical guaranteed to leave no visitor untouched. Try our great telescope for stargazing through the open roof and be inspired by stories about how the distant stars have made great impact on many lives, for example guiding travelers. Since we will be gazing through an open roof, wool blankets, sheepskins, a campfire and hot chocolate will keep us warm. Perhaps the northern lights will be out dancing?
We start the day with breakfast then visit our neighbour at the last active farm in Iceland that still keeps all the sheep in traditional houses built from turf and stones. We watch quirky and interesting old silent film clips about the wilderness before a local lunch that awaits us at the Wilderness Center. After lunch, we drive out of the valley making interesting stops like being introduced to the friendly and unique Icelandic horse and scouting for reindeers. At the Vatnajökull National park exhibition we learn about the nature and environment. The next destination is the Hengifoss waterfall. It is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, measuring 128 m falling from the plateau into a magnificent gorge. There is a colorful rock face surrounding the waterfall showing different layers from volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary period when Iceland was formed. It takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to waterfall. On the way is another astonishing waterfall called Litlanesfoss. It is crowned by exceptional high basalt columns making it totally unique and photogenic. Finally, we drive back, enjoying the scenery on the way as we pass historic places, elf dwellings and beautiful nature. Until the guides get you safely “home”.
* This itinerary might have minor changes due to winter weather conditions.
October, November, January, February and upon request
Seyðisfjörður Ferry Port / Egilsstaðir Information Center
We return our guests to Seyðisfjörður Ferry Port / Egilsstaðir Information Center at the end of day 2.
Fully guided tour
Drive to and from airport / ferry terminal
All transport on the tour
Lunch, refreshments and dinner (wilderness feast) on day 1
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments on day 2
Accommodation in a unique environment
Free access to all events and exhibitions during the tour
Accommodations can be upgraded