The Wilderness Center Exhibition

The award-winning Wilderness Center opened in 2016.  It is an innovative concept combining history, nature, local life and home-like accommodation in one setting.  The Wilderness Center is located right by the edge of North-Europe’s largest wilderness area putting you close to the remote, untouched beauty that makes Iceland so special. 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 locally-owned and family-operated Wilderness Center was developed by a film-maker and a historian who used their skills to bring Iceland’s past to life. When you cross the old wooden bridge at the Wilderness Center, you’ll step into an adventure of the past. Every detail at the premises is designed to make you feel a part in this adventure. The buildings, interior decorations, food, activities and hosts all play a vital role in this experience. The accommodation is in delightfully renovated and preserved old buildings – which may make visitors feel they are “sleeping in a museum.” The hosts prepare all the meals in the historic kitchen in front of the guests with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The cuisine is based on authentic historical recipes.  You can book a variety of locally-guided (optional) activities that bring you even closer to Iceland’s unique nature and history.  All activities include a touch of storytelling, in the tradition of the Icelandic Sagas!


A journey to 15 waterfalls

Whether riding or hiking, the guests are taken along the glacial river Jokulsa in Fljotsdalur valley which boasts 15 magnificent waterfalls – no other river in Iceland has as many waterfalls – and at one spot people get the chance to winch themselves across the Jokulsa river by a traditional cableway and explore an abandoned farmhouse on the other side.

Exhibition opening hours and entrance fee

  • Open daily 11 am – 6 pm
  • Admission: 2500 ISK
  • Admission for children 12 years +, students, seniors and disabled: 1900 ISK

GPS: 64.964293 N, -15.157673 W