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Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness

Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness
Late evening sun casts a golden sheen on the mountain valley fields in Fjótsdalur, Iceland.
Curious puffins looking at oncoming travellers in Borgarfjörður Eystri, East Iceland.
A traditional turf house, in full use as a sheep shed, East Iceland.
Laying fishing nets in the mountain streams for catching arctic trout and salmon in early summer.
The Fljótsdalur valley seen from high above, based in summer sun.
A woman looking at an exhibition at the Wilderness Centre, East Icelandic Highlands.

Have an authentic spring experience on a farm in the Icelandic Highlands and take an active part in this magical season of new life with local farmers in East Iceland. You will collect eggs, lay fish nets, experience the lambing season, get to know the Icelandic horse, experience local food, and visit the seals at the black beaches Héraðssandur. You'll also enjoy the locally sourced food and the authentic accommodations in this remote and peaceful valley.

Right at the start of the tour, we take on an easy hike by beautiful canyons on the way to Hengifoss waterfall, the most famous attraction in East Iceland.   

We also visit two fascinating exhibitions. At the Vatnajökull National Park visitor centre, you will learn about the nature and environment of the area, and at the Wilderness Center, you will immerse your self in the life and adventures of those living and travelling in and next to the Icelandic wilderness. Every detail has been crafted by artists, historians, and filmmakers for an authentic experience. 

The great thing about this tour is all the different things you get to experience as a part of the spring work on a functioning farm. We will visit the farmers and witness the lively activities during lambing season. We lay down fishing nets with a local farmer and check on the later. There will be a chance to scout for reindeer and look out for seals with their young once as well as view the cute puffins nesting in Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord. 

On this tour, you will have countless chances to taste our locally sourced food and traditional Icelandic dishes and the last night of the journey there is a feast of with music and storytelling.   

To add a little action, you will be able to choose to ride the friendly Icelandic horse or a mountain bike to the restored cable box that used to be used as transportation across the glacier river. Once there, you can try your hand at this special transportation. 

Come and experience the wonder of Icelandic spring. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity, Fishing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Egilsstaðir, Skriðuklaustur, Hengifoss, Húsey, Hotel Hallormsstadur, Hallormsstaðaskógur, Wilderness Center, East Fjords
Pickup information:

    Pick-up: Egilsstaðir Airport, or your accommodation in Egilsstaðir, around 8:30 a.m. (first morning flight)

    Drop-off: Egilsstaðir Airport, or your accommodation in Egilsstaðir, around 7:30 p.m. (last evening flight)

    Included:
    • Fully guided tour

    • All meals

    • Accommodation

    • Drive

    • Admission to exhibition and activities

    • Pickup and drop of to Egilsstaðir Airport

    • Drinks


    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes

    • Good shoes/rubber boots

    • Camera


    Good to know:

    Maximum 8 guests on each tour.



    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Hengifoss waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park, Newborn Lambs and arrival in the Wilderness Centre


    Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness


    Right after the pickup, we start with an easy hike up by beautiful canyons to the stunning Hengifoss Waterfall, with its interesting geology.

    After that we make a short stop to see the exhibition at Vatnajökull National Park, visitors centre. Once we arrive at the Wilderness Center we have lunch, check in an get acquainted with our accommodation for the next few days.

    After lunch, we visit the neighbouring farmers at their sheep sheds. It is a lively time, as it is lambing season. When we get back, we have guided tour through the Wilderness exhibition, getting a taste of the history and adventures of the people who lived and travelled in and by highlands.

    Tonight's dinner of local food will be served in the cosy and authentic environment at the Wilderness Center.


    Day 2 - Fishing, Bird Watching and Local Highlands Living


    Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness


    At the start of the day, we will be spoiled with an excellent Icelandic breakfast. Next, we go trout fishing with local farmers, laying nets and enjoying the relaxing nature.

    At lunchtime, our traditional lunch pack is served on an open fire. By the river we investigate Pink-footed geese nests, collect eggs and learn about these intriguing birds and their connection with the Highland life in the old days.

    Now it is time to check the trout nets and handle the fish. When we arrive back at the Wilderness Center for dinner, those who like can check on the newborn lambs in the stables.


    Day 3 - Turf Houses and Abandoned Farms


    Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness


    After the breakfast, we go out to scout for wild reindeers and get to know these impressive animals and learn about their history. Remember to bring your cameras! After lunch, we make our way to visit traditional Icelandic turf houses, some of which are still used for sheep farming.

    In the afternoon guests can choose whether to ride the Icelandic horses or mountain bikes to the cable box. The cable-box was used in the old days to cross the glacier river. It has been rebuilt, and those who dare can try out this unique transport. At the same place, we take a look into an abandoned farm that holds many interesting and funny stories.

    Now the group prepares, along with the local chef, some Icelandic speciality dishes. This is followed by a food feast, local music and singing in the authentic common room area.


    Day 4 - Black Beaches, Puffins and Seals


    Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness


    On this last day, we pack our things after a delicious breakfast and head on to Húsey. It is a unique place by the ocean, with black sand beaches and seals with there young ones. The birdlife around the farm is also vibrant, especially at this season.

    After lunch, we drive to Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord, the puffin capital of Iceland and home to elves and beautiful mountains. At 19:00 we will be back at Egilsstaðir Airport for the flight back to Reykjavik.


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