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Wilderness Center Hotel

Norðurdalur in Fljótsdalur 701 Egilsstaðir Iceland
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Wilderness Center Hotel

A unique stay on the border of Northern Europe's largest wilderness.

The Wilderness Center is a true paradise for those seeking to experience the most raw and authentic side of Iceland. Called Óbyggðasetrið in Icelandic (óbyggð means unsettled and uncultivated area), the Center lives up to its name. It is located on the edge of Northern Europe’s largest wilderness.

This peaceful hideaway offers visitors a wide range of exciting and diverse activities like hiking, horse riding, fishing, a museum exhibition, and a spa. You can stay in a lovely farmhouse, museum dormitory, or hotel - all with antique furniture. Experience Icelandic culture, try traditional food, and enjoy historic accommodations with modern-day comforts.

Meals

Breakfast is served at the buffet in the new hotel building. It typically consists of homemade bread and pastries, fresh fruit and vegetables, and cereals. You can also find some traditional Icelandic treats like brown cheese, mysa (the liquid left over from producing cheese), cold liver oil, sour milk, and lummur (oatmeal pancakes). 

The old farmhouse restaurant serves an Icelandic family-style dinner every day. The guests are invited to enjoy traditional meals like roasted Icelandic lamb leg with potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad with sheep milk cheese, rhubarb jam, green peas, red cabbage, homemade bread, and butter. There are also fish (Icelandic Plokkfiskur) and vegetarian dishes. All the other dietary restrictions are taken into consideration as well, just be sure to inform the staff in advance.

The buffet in the museum building is open every day 12:00-16:00 from June 1 to September 31. It offers museum visitors a selection of fresh homemade bread, pastries, and pancakes. You can choose various toppings like jam or whipped cream and enjoy a cup of fresh coffee or tea. 

Wilderness Exhibition

The museum invites guests to step into the past and experience authentic Eastern Iceland. The exhibition features the life of Icelandic families from previous centuries. The audio (approximately 30 minutes) guides you through an exhibition space and reveals stories and folktales about the people who lived in the Icelandic wilderness long ago. 

After the audio guide, you will get to see the old workshops and pantries of historical families and hear stories about their tools, traditions, and working methods. 

Activities

The Wilderness Center offers guests a whole bouquet of activities, from a rejuvenating spa experience to adventurous horse riding or cross-country skiing in the highlands. 

The cozy, authentic Spa is open year-round and included in the overnight stay. Daytime guests can also book it for an additional fee. The Bathhouse consists of a Finnish Sauna, a relaxing space with hammocks and a fireplace, two locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Outside the Bathhouse, you’ll find a hot pool and a cold pool to cool off. You can enjoy soaking in the hot spring while admiring the views of the beautiful valley or the starry night sky. 

The Center offers day, multiday, and tailor-made tours. In summer, you can experience horse riding trips, hiking in the wilderness, riding a mountain bike, and fishing. In wintertime, try winter stargazing, skiing, and mindfulness tours.

Property offers
Free Parking
Free WiFi
Family Rooms
Kid-friendly
Pet-friendly
Smoke-free property
Restaurant
Property highlights
Mountain or river view
Nature and wildlife surroundings
Unique tours
Authentic experience
Quite escape
All Rooms
Twin room
Size 86 sq ft / 8 m²
Beds x2

Room facilities

Bed linen

Free Wifi

Heating

Double bed in Dormitory room
Size 861 sq ft / 80 m²
Beds x2

Room facilities

Double bed with walls and curtains in Dormitory room
Size 861 sq ft / 80 m²
Beds x2

Room facilities

Landowner suite with private bathroom
Size 205 sq ft / 19 m²
Beds x4

Room facilities

Private bathroom

Tea & Coffee Facilities

Hair dryer

Free Wifi

Heating

Bed linen

Double or Twin room with private bathroom
Size 205 sq ft / 19 m²
Beds x2

Room facilities

Private bathroom

Towels

Heating

Bed linen

Double or single closet-bed room with private bathroom
Beds x1/x2

Room facilities

Free Wifi

Heating

Bed linen

Quadruple room
Size 377 sq ft / 35 m²
Beds x4

Room facilities

Private bathroom

Free Wifi

Heating

Hair dryer

Bed linen

Property location on map
Additional information
Main amenities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Extra long beds (> 2 m)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Heating
  • Fresh meals
  • Family rooms
  • Landowners suite
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Unique tours
  • Tailor-made excursions
  • Discounts for children/seniors
Popular facilities
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Buffet
  • Museum
  • Spa
Property surroundings
  • Waterfall trail - on the property
  • Abandoned Farm trail - on the property
  • Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls - 23 min drive
  • Hallormsstadaskogur Forest - 31 min drive
  • Lake Lagarfljot - 37 min drive
  • Egilsstadir Town - 48 min drive
  • Laugarfell Hot Springs - 50 min drive

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