The Abandoned Farm Hike | East Iceland Highland Exploration

The Abandoned Farm Hike | East Iceland Highland Exploration
Wild Flora in the Fljótsdalur Valley, East Iceland.
A farm visit in the Fljótsdalshérað Shire in the Eastern Fjords.
A couple of Travellers crossing a mountain river in the eastern Highlands.
Sliding out on a wire-pulled box to cross a mountain river in the Eastern Fjords of Iceland.
A multi tiered waterfall striking a gorgeous image in a mountainside in eastern Iceland.
Afternoon tea served in a Wilderness Centre, in the Fjótdalshérað Highlands, East Iceland.

Treat yourself to an experience unlike any other with this beautiful and unique hike through the spectacular, remote nature of the east Icelandic highlands. This excursion should not be missed by any in the area who are passionate about this country’s nature or history.

The tour begins at the Wilderness Centre, a little-known retreat on the cusp of the magnificent highlands in east Iceland, not far from the region’s capital, Egilsstaðir.

Here, you will meet friendly, experienced guides, who know the area’s history, culture and folklore inside and out. While on the site, you will also have a chance to meet the resident farm animals.

From the Wilderness Centre, you will set out into the beautiful nature, best known for its canyons, geology, flora and river systems. You will be walking in the direction of a long-abandoned farm, called Kleif, and will hear a range of funny stories and rumours about the previous residents. When you get there, be provided with a rejuvenating mug of hot chocolate or coffee.

After Kleif, you will have the opportunity for some adrenaline-pumping adventure. Across the Jökulsá river canyon, there is a historical ‘cableway-cart’ that you can winch yourself across the river on. This is entirely optional, but a thrilling way to feel like an Icelander of old for those not too afraid of heights or water.

All in all, the hike will last from three to four hours, and at its conclusion, you will return to the Wilderness Centre. While here, you are welcome to check out the restaurant, which serves delicious traditional foods and visit the on-site exhibition about life in the Icelandic highlands over the past millennium.

Don’t miss this authentic look into Iceland’s nature and history, and book this amazing tour in the remotest regions of the east. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Egilsstaðir, Lagarfljót, Wilderness Center, East Fjords
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00.

Wilderness Center, Iceland
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
Included:
  • Fully guided tour

  • Pick-up and drop-off

  • Meals and refreshments


What to bring:
  • Rain jacket or soft shell jacket

  • Rain pants or soft shell pants

  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket

  • Gloves

  • Woolen cap

  • Shoes suited to terrain

  • Water bottle (but you can also take a sip from some of the natural springs on the way)

  • Snack (you can also get provisions at the Wilderness Center)

  • Camera


Good to know:

This is a hiking tour taking place in the Icelandic highlands. Please dress accordingly, and wear good shoes. In case of bad weather, your tour might have to be rescheduled.



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Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees