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Day 1: A Local Welcome to Authentic East Iceland

Highlights: Egilsstadir Lagarfljot The Wilderness Center

A local guide will meet you either at the airport or at one of the hotels & guesthouses in the town of Egilsstadir. Drive along the scenic Lagarfljot River while listening to mystical stories of a legendary river monster.

At the Wilderness Center, you’ll cross over a wooden bridge and into the Iceland of the past.  Take a guided tour through the unique wilderness museum’s interactive exhibits.  Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch with local specialties made in the Center’s cozy kitchen.

In the afternoon your guide takes you on a beautiful route along a glacier to a picturesque abandoned farm situated under numerous waterfalls.  Enjoy stories and view artifacts from the past. Those who dare can experience the adventure of crossing the glacial river in a renovated, hand-operated cable box!  Enjoy light refreshments in the Center’s kitchen. Afterwards, get introduced to the “most trusted servant” – the unique Icelandic horse – and go on a short ride in the area.

Before dinner, visit a traditional food-smoking hut where you get learn about Icelandic food traditions and taste some local meat.

Tonight experience a local wilderness dinner prepared from ingredients gathered in the nearby highlands.  You can watch your local hosts cook and chat with them as they prepare dinner.

After dinner, relax and rejuvenate in the local hot-spring while enjoying the bright evening.

 

Overnight at the Wilderness Center.

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Day 2: Wild Highlands - Hafrahvammsgljufur - Laugarfell - Hengifoss

Highlights: The Wilderness Center Hengifoss Egilsstadir

Enjoy homemade breakfast at the Wilderness Center. After breakfast, go on a guided sightseeing tour into the highlands and scout for reindeer along the way. The east highlands include natural wonders such as Snaefell mountain, and the magnificent Hafrahvammagljufur canyon. Enjoy your packed lunch in the wilderness before continuing to the natural hot springs in Laugarfell where you can bathe.

After Laugarfell, head back into the valley and visit Hengifoss waterfall which is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland that plunges into a magnificent gorge. By looking at the colorful cliffs around the waterfall, you can see different ancient lava layers, tracing back to the time when Iceland rose from the sea. The hike up to Hengifoss takes about 40-60 minutes from the parking lot. Along the way, you might also see the photogenic Litlanesfoss waterfall, surrounded by beautiful basalt columns.

The day ends in Egilsstadir where your guide will safely drop you off at either the domestic airport or at one of the accommodations in town.

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