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2-Day Authentic Iceland Winter Tour

Experience Iceland Like a Local at the Remote Wilderness Center

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

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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.

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    No min age

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  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    75.000 ISK

Tour 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
A fully guided tour
Airport or ferry terminal transfers
All transportation during the tour
Meals on both days
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, and gloves. If you’d like to visit the hot spring spa at the Wilderness Center, bring a bathing suit and a towel.

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.

Day 1: Authentic Icelandic Nature and Stargazing

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.

Lagarfljot Lake in winter

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.

Girl inside Wilderness center museum

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.

Icelandic horses playing in winter

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!

Road across Norther Lights in Iceland

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
Icelandic horses
Stargazing at an open-roof station
Traditional Icelandic dinner

Day 2: Meeting Icelandic Animals and a Day Trip to Waterfalls

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.

Traditional stone turf house in Iceland

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.

Reindeer walking near the lake in Iceland

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.

Man heading towards Hengifoss waterfall

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
Icelandic breakfast
Transport to Wilderness Center
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

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

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.


How does carbon offsetting work?

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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