This 5-day tour offers an authentic experience where nature meets with history and local culture. Enjoy the adventurous interactive exhibitions and hot springs, sleep in a museum, taste local delicacy and explore the wilderness with experienced guides.
This tour will take you to the stunning Hengifoss waterfall, the most recognised attraction in East Iceland and during the hike you get the added benefit of seeing Litlanesfoss waterfall, surrounded by impressive basalt pillars. We will also search for the serpent monster living in lake Lagarfljót.
At the Wilderness Center, the innermost farm of the valley, you will sleep in a museum and enjoy the meticulously crafted exhibitions that stretches through every nook and cranny of the premises, indoors and outdoors. The exhibition tells the story of life and travel in and next to Northern Europe’s most extensive wilderness.
You will see impressive canyons, deserted highland plains, many beautiful waterfalls, and towering mountains. At Laugarfell highland hostel you will spend a night as well as enjoying their natural hot springs and listen to the adventures of past explorers of the wilderness.
The tour has a great blend of adventure and culture. We will take you to Valþjófsstaður local church where we see an old silent film about the famous outlaw; Fjalla-Eyvindur, or Eyvindur of the Mountains. Afterwards, we hike to the abandoned farm of Kleif, and those who are adventurous at heart can experience the thrill of crossing a 50-meter-wide river canyon in a renovated cable ferry.
During the entire tour, you will be enjoying locally sourced food and traditional Icelandic meals and snacks. On the 4th day, there will be a feast where locals and guests come together and prepare food from local ingredients and talk about Icelandic food traditions.
On the last day the journey takes you to Akureyri visiting Möðrudalur highland farm. On the way, you will be treated to a view of the stunning Queen of the Icelandic mountains; Mt Herðubreið. Before reaching Akureyri, we also stop at Lake Mývatn and take a dip in the Geothermal Nature Baths and lastly stopping at Goðafoss waterfall.
From there, we go in search of the world famous river monster of Lagarfljót. Over a pot of coffee down by the lake, we listen to stories of the beast.
Then we head on towards the innermost farm, the Wilderness Center. There we will get an insight into the life and travels in and next to the wilderness through exhibitions both indoors and outdoors. After dinner, we will hear stories in the Baðstofa, - the common room loft. Tranquillity prevails at this authentic and one of a kind accommodation.
We will have lunch in the highlands and let the weather and state of the roads decide if we drive to Hafrahvammaglúfur canyons or enjoy the beauty of Eyjabakkar and Sanddalur valley. Today we will stay overnight at the Laugarfell highland hostel with natural hot springs and hear stories from adventures of the wilderness.
Once we get there, we warm up with hot chocolate and pancakes before we head out for a dusk walk towards the abandoned farm of Kleif. At Kleif we hear funny tales of the former occupants. Those who that want can try their hand at crossing the 50-meter-wide river canyon in a renovated cable ferry. Finally, local food is served at the Wilderness Center with ingredients from the farm and local sources.
In the evening we get together for a veritable wilderness feast. Locals and guests alike cook many dishes from locally sourced ingredients and learn about Icelandic food tradition. After the feast the evening continues with entertainment, singing and playing.
There we will hear stories of Mountain-Bensi who wandered into the wild in any weather looking for stray sheep. He is the protagonist of the classic Icelandic novella, Advent by Gunnar Gunnarsson. Next, we experience the geothermal area by Lake Mývatn and take a dip in the Nature Baths. Lastly, we make a stop at the waterfall Goðafoss. Guests are dropped off at Akureyri Airport around 6 pm.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change should weather conditions be unfavourable.