Overview

Spend two winter days exploring nature and enjoying traditional Icelandic food at the authentic and isolated Wilderness Center in East Iceland.

Highlights

  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Wilderness Museum
  • Local home-made food
  • Visit to an abandoned farm
  • River crossing in a cable-box
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Litlanesfoss Waterfall
  • Icelandic horses
  • Open-roof stargazing station
  • Wildlife watching
  • Vatnajökull National Park exhibition

The Wilderness Center is a peaceful hideaway by the edge of Vatnajokull National Park in East Iceland. The center is a great destination for an authentic Icelandic experience. Surrounded by wilderness, the center invites you to turn back to nature and a slow-paced lifestyle.

The 2-day winter tour invites you to experience Icelandic culture first-hand, enjoy traditional Icelandic dishes, and meet Icelandic animals both in farms and out in the wilderness. Pet Icelandic horses, hike to the third-largest waterfall in Iceland, and gaze at the stars with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Oct-Apr
Duration 2 days
Departs From Egilsstaðir
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No min age
Ratio 1:16
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • A fully guided tour
  • Airport or ferry terminal transfers
  • All transportation during the tour
  • Meals on both days
  • Accommodation
  • Access to all events and exhibitions held at the Wilderness Center during the tour

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothes (wool/fleece)
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit and a towel

Not Included

  • Transport from Reykjavik

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Itinerary

Information

Pick-up Information: We can pick you up from Egilsstaðir airport or from Seyðisfjörður Ferry Port.

Please note: The itinerary may change slightly depending on the weather.

The tour begins with a drive along Lagarfljót Lake, also known as Lögurinn. The lake is 25-km (15.5-mi) long and 112m (367ft) deep. Lagarfljót is most famous for its mysterious folklore, which your guide will tell you all about.

According to legend, a venom-spitting beast called the Lagarfljót Wyrm lives in the lake. Much like its cousin the Loch Ness monster, Iceland’s lake monster has been seen by many, but there’s no real evidence of its existence. Perhaps you’ll spot the monster on your tour?

Once you arrive at the Wilderness Center, you’ll be guided through the Wilderness Museum. A group of dedicated artists, historians, and filmmakers worked together to set up the exhibition. Your hosts at the Center, Arna and Denni, have a special interest in wilderness and history. They have worked with a number of films and documentaries, where they gathered interesting stories about Icelandic culture.

After a freshly-prepared lunch at the center’s kitchen, your guide will take you to the abandoned farm of Kleif. On the way, we’ll cross Iceland’s second-longest river, Jökulsá, by a traditional cableway. Tow yourself across a glacial river surrounded by Icelandic nature!

Behind the farm you’ll spot a series of impressive waterfalls.

As the tour goes on, you’ll meet friendly Icelandic horses, perhaps the most charming animals in Iceland.

Before dinner, we’ll visit a traditional Icelandic turf smoke hut and taste freshly smoked meat. For dinner you’ll be served local dishes, prepared at the Wilderness Center’s kitchen using ingredients from the Icelandic Highlands.

Dark winter skies provide the best opportunities for stargazing. After dinner, visit the Wilderness Stargazing Station based in renovated sheep stables and built from stones and turf. Point the telescope through the open roof to observe stars and planets unspoiled by city lights. 

Cozy up in a wool blanket by a campfire, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your guide’s inspiring stories about stars and travelers. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights might appear in the sky above you!

You’ll spend the night in one of the Wilderness Center’s unique rooms. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation, but all of the rooms are authentic and extremely cozy.

Day Highlights
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Wilderness Museum
  • Traditional Icelandic food
  • Visit to an abandoned farm
  • River crossing in a cable-box
  • Waterfalls
  • Icelandic horses
  • Stargazing at an open-roof station
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner

After breakfast we’ll visit a nearby farm. The farm is Iceland’s last active farm that keeps sheep in traditional stone and turf houses. We’ll walk around the farm and watch quirky clips from old silent movies about the wilderness.

We’ll have lunch back at the Wilderness Center and then take a day trip to explore the wilderness around Lagarfljót Lake and spot Icelandic wildlife.

During the excursion, we’ll stop to scout for reindeer and other wild animals that live in the area.

Our next stop is the Vatnajökull National Park exhibition at Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center. We’ll learn about the national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.

Hengifoss Waterfall is up next. We’ll hike for 40-60min to Iceland’s third-largest waterfall. The water drops from 128m (420ft) cliff, which features interchanging layers of basalt and red clay. These layers date back to volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary period.

On the way to Hengifoss, we’ll visit Litlanesfoss Falls. The 30-m (100-ft) water stream falls in two stages and into a small pond. The waterfall is framed by tall basalt columns, making Litlanesfoss stand out from other Icelandic waterfalls of similar size.

After the hike, we’ll make our way back to the Wilderness Center. We’ll drive past historic sites and beautiful landscapes.

We return our guests to Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður Ferry Port.

Day Highlights
  • Visit to the last active traditional sheep farm
  • Home-made food
  • Waterfall hike
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Litlanesfoss Waterfall
  • Wildlife watching
  • Vatnajökull National Park exhibition
Included
  • Icelandic breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Transport to Wilderness Center

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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