Authentic Iceland tour package of local culture, food, and wildlife at the Wilderness Center!
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Discover Iceland in spring on an authentic food and wildlife tour at the Wilderness Center. This 4-day tour package offers adventurers the chance to experience East Iceland like a local. During this multi-day tour, farmers invite visitors to experience Icelandic traditions through food. Witness the regional wildlife on nature walks including seals, puffins, and reindeer. A genuine Icelandic experience with accommodations and meals included!
May. - Jun.
Meet on location
The Wilderness Center
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Hengifoss Waterfall
- Exhibition at Vatnajökull National Park
- Borgarfjörður Eystri
- Wilderness Center
- Lamb farm
- Wildlife sights (pink-footed geese, wild reindeer, seals, puffins)
- Icelandic Horse ride
- Authentic Icelandic food tasting
- Guided tour
- Authentic Accommodation (3 nights at) the Wilderness Center
- Meals (4 days)
- Pick up and drop off at Egilsstadir Airport.
Discover the magic of Iceland in the springtime with a local wilderness and food tour. Get in touch with nature with a hike through the canyons of Hengifoss Waterfall and wilderness exhibit at Vatnajökull National Park. Step back in time to the first settlements in the area with a fascinating exhibit at the Wilderness Center, where you will spend the next four days. Alongside local farmers, you will experience the lambing season, collect eggs, lay fishnets, and enjoy local food. Witness the stunning wildlife of the East Fjords at Húsey and Borgarfjörður Eystri, home to puffins and seals. Each night, return to your authentic accommodations at the center, where you will be served traditional Icelandic dishes!
Not Included: Flights between Reykjavík and Egilstaðir
Optional: Extra night at the Wilderness Center before or after the tour
Pick-up: Guests can choose pick-up from Egilsstaðir Airport or their hotel/guesthouse in Egilsstaðir. Airport pick-ups are for morning flights at around 8:30 am. The pick-up process can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is appreciated.
Drop-Off: Guests will be dropped off at Egilsstaðir Airport on the evening of the last day.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing (fleece/wool), waterproof jacket and pants, sturdy hiking boots, a hat and gloves, and a bathing suit for the sauna. We recommend bringing a small backpack to carry personal items.
If you don’t own all the suggested clothing, don’t worry. You can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jackets and pants during the booking process.
The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hengifoss Waterfall, Vatnajökull National Park, and Wilderness Center
Pick up begins at 8:30 from Egilsstaðir Airport or approved accommodations.
Our wildlife experience begins right after pick-up with a low-key scenic hike. We will trek up the colorful canyons of Hengifoss Waterfall, the second highest waterfall in Iceland.
With a cascade of 128 meters, this impressive waterfall is one of the most iconic landmarks in East Iceland. The picturesque canyon that surrounds Hengifoss is almost as notable as the falls itself. Lined with visible layers of ancient hardened lava, the cliff walls have a distinct reddish color.
After our hike, we will make a quick stop at the Vatnajökull National Park visitors center exhibition room. This interesting display showcases the history of local people and nature.
Next, we make our way to the Wilderness Center to check-in and get familiar with our lodgings. Enjoy a local lunch before our activity at the sheep stable.
Spring is lambing season, when all the ewes give birth to baby lambs, so the stables will be lively. We will join local farmers to witness these adorable fuzzy newborns.
The last experience of the day is a guided tour through the Wilderness Center adventure exhibition. Discover the history of the Icelandic wilderness and the people who lived there.
Traditional Icelandic food will be served for dinner in a cozy room at the Wilderness Center.
- Hengifoss Waterfall
- Vatnajökull National Park Exhibition
- Sheep Farm
- Wilderness Center Exhibition
Day 2: Icelandic Fishing and Highland Wildlife
We begin our day with both international and traditional Icelandic dishes for breakfast. Today we will get into local Iceland culture through food preparation with local farmers.
Our local tour guides will take us into the wild to catch trout. We will learn to lay fishing nets on the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the area. There is a long history of fishing in Iceland, and it has sustained the Icelandic people through harsh conditions for centuries. To protect Icelandic wildlife, fishing is heavily regulated.
There are only five species of fish that live and breed in Iceland’s rivers and lakes. Out of the five, only three are found in Icelandic dishes: Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, and Arctic Char. The other two freshwater fish are the three-spine stickleback and the eel, but it is unlikely you will find them on your plate.
After our fishing tour, we will enjoy a traditional meal for lunch, served over an open fire.
We continue our river adventure with an introduction to the unique pink-footed goose. These migratory birds nest by the river during breeding season and fly to the UK for winter. Learn about the importance of these birds for settlers in the Iceland Highlands and collect eggs.
Before heading back to the Wilderness Center, we return our trout nets to check our catch of the day. At our lodging, we will be served a delicious local meal. Those who wish to can visit the newborn lambs in the stables after dinner.
- River Net Fishing
- Pink-Footed Goose
Day 3: Turf Houses, Icelandic Horse Rides, Reindeer Scouting and Traditional Dinner
Today we discover Icelandic history, culture, and traditions! After breakfast, we begin our day with a wildlife scouting tour of one of the most popular animals in the country. Reindeer in Iceland are only found in the eastern region, with a population of about 7,000 in the wild. Brought over in the 18th century, the herd released in Eyjafjörður was the only group to thrive. You don’t want to forget your camera!
After our scouting adventure, we will take a break for lunch before we begin our Iceland culture and traditions part of the tour.
Next, we will visit the last active farm in Iceland that still uses traditional Icelandic turf houses to hold sheep. Built from turf and stones, these semi-underground structures are a window into the history of the island. They served as the homes for Icelanders since the country was settled in 930 CE until the 20th century.
In the afternoon we will visit a scenic abandoned farm bursting with history. In front of the farm sits an old cable-box, used in the old days to transport people across the glacial river. The cable-box has been renovated and thrill-seekers can try out this unique experience. To reach the river, passengers can ride either an Icelandic horse or a bike.
Back at the Wilderness Center, experience authentic Icelandic food firsthand. The group will work with a local chef to prepare traditional dishes, which we will enjoy for dinner. Our feast will be followed by local music and singing in the common room.
- Reindeer Scouting
- Icelandic Turf Houses
- Icelandic Horse Ride
- Authentic Cable-Car Ride
- Cook with a local chef
Day 4: Húsey and Borgarfjörður Eystri
Today we leave the Wilderness Center for an Iceland wildlife tour! Our first stop is Húsey, an East Iceland farm famous for its spectacular wildlife, nature and hiking paths. The farm is located just inland from the picturesque Héraðsflói in the East Fjords. After our visit, we will make our way down to the nearby coastline of the East Fjords.
This idyllic ocean spot has an abundance of wildlife hanging out on its shores, particularly seals. These arctic creatures are commonly found bathing on the rocks and sand of the beach. Unlike in other parts of Iceland, you can find both freshwater and saltwater in the area. The East Fjords are also rich in birdlife such as skuas and red-throated divers.
We will take a break for lunch before heading to another fjord.
Borgarfjörður Eystri is a popular fjord in East Iceland with a population of around 130 people. The area is renowned for its beautiful scenery, folklore, and puffins.
The north and south of the fjord are dotted with mountains made of basalt and rhyolite respectively, where puffins nest. Visitors can check out these colorful birds nestling in Borgarfjörður Eystri from May to August. According to Icelandic folklore, elves also reside there in these mountains.
We will return back to the Wilderness Center to pack our stuff. The group must be back at Egilsstaðir Airport by 19:00 for the flight back to Reykjavik.
- Puffin Watching
- Borgarfjörður Eystri
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 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.
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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.
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