The Wilderness Center History Themed Accommodation

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!


Experience Icelandic history, whether it is a 1940s farmhouse bedroom, a quaint a 19th- century wooden “baðstofa” hostel, a traditional bed closet or a bedroom with a vintage basecamp explorer’s theme.  All rooms boast exceptional comfort and have modern touches, including Wi-Fi.  As part of the authentic experience, the clean and comfortable bathroom facilities are shared.  The Old Farmhouse has 4 twin rooms sharing 1 bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.  The Basecamp has 4 twin rooms with 1 shared bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.  The Baðstofa hostel/dorm room has 2 bathrooms with toilet and shower.   

It is also  possible to upgrade to the “Landowner’s Suite,” a double room with traditional Nordic décor and a private en-suite bathroom.  The “Landowner’s Suite” can also be booked as a family room.

GPS: 64.964293 N, -15.157673 W