A renovated farm in a distant valley provides the backdrop where living conditions from a bygone age have been tastefully recreated as your Wilderness Centre and your accommodations for the duration of the tour. Your hosts, Arna and Denni, conjure up the best in home cooking, made from ingredients off the farm or from the surrounding wilderness.
The surrounding landscape exhibits a rich variety in color and local folklore, such as the mythical Lagarfljotsormur, an ancient serpentine monster believed to be swimming in the depths of Lagarfljot Lake, whose sightings have been recorded since the 14th century. The water in the 38 kilometer-long (24 mi) lake is made from glacial runoff and the surrounding area has several hiking trails as well as campgrounds.
Set along the eastern banks of Lake Lagarfljot, the forest plantation is the largest of its kind in Iceland with larch, red spruce, and other species added to native birch, rowan, and willow. Although Iceland is not known for its forests, it plants more trees per head of population than any other nation in the world!
In nearby Hallormsstadaskogur, there are a series of pleasant walking trails and an impressive forest in a country otherwise almost bare of trees. Beyond that lies the wild natural habitat of Iceland’s reindeer population, which are only found in East Iceland. The wonderful expanses of woodlands are flanked by fields full of lamb and Icelandic horses, and historical sites from the ancient Sagas.
Explore Eyjabakkar, the country’s second largest wetland area, extensively vegetated and the largest nesting place in the world for the pink-footed goose. Enjoy views of Mount Snæfell, and the Eyjabakkajökull glacier. Reindeer and fox sightings are always a possibility.(L,D)
The Wilderness Center is located right by the edge of North-Europe’s largest wilderness area. The center offers two exhibitions on life in the Icelandic wilderness where abandoned farm buildings showcase the hardship and the beauty of this spectacular frontier. The Wilderness Center is also a unique gateway for hiking into the highlands. The Center’s tranquil and pleasant location on the edge of the wilderness, as well as the very special accommodation and unique setting both indoors and out, will draw guests into adventures of the past and offer a unique environment on which the Icelanders pride themselves. The Wilderness Center accommodates 27 guests in double, single or family rooms. They also have a dormitory. (B,L,D)
Lagarfljót lake is one of the main rivers in east Iceland, stretching approximately 140 km. It is the upper part of the river that forms Lagarfljót lake, the third largest lake in the country, some 53 sq. km. in size.
An old folk belief claims that a monster named Lagarfljotsormurinn lives in the Lagarfjót lake. In centuries past this monster was the source of much fear and it was believed to bode ill tidings if the monster reared its back up out of the water. In later years the monster has not been frequently observed, although clear photographs of it are said to have been taken fairly recently.
Some stops will be made at abandoned farms and stone cairns and you´ll get to hear some interesting tales about them. Many of the motifs hereabouts are slowly disappearing due to the harsh weather conditions; and yet it´s as if these remnants of a bygone age are stubbornly struggling to stay above ground and tell their stories. (B,L,D)
As might be expected, the area is a favourite with bird watchers. Seals lazily bask on the beach and reindeer can often be spotted. The photographer´s finger will be itching when taking in Héraðsflói bay, the sheer vastness and the circle of mountains in the distance.
The tour ends with a final transfer to Egilsstadir Airport later in the afternoon. (B, refreshments)
*This tour operates with Min. 4 / Max. 10 participants and is not suitable for children under 13.