The Wilderness Center

The Wilderness Center is located right by the edge of North-Europe’s largest wilderness area. 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.

As soon as visitors park their cars and cross the old wooden bridge at the Wilderness Center, they step into an adventure into the past. Every detail at the premises is designed to make the visitor feel as if they are taking 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.”

A journey to 15 waterfalls

They make all their food in the old kitchen in front of guests and the emphasis is on local ingredients – just like grandma’s. The hosts also love sharing their passion for the Icelandic horse with guests. 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