Discover Iceland’s fascinating past and spectacular natural beauty at the award-winning Wilderness Center!  

Stay at the Wilderness Center, an award-winning holiday farm and living history/culture center. Enjoy spectacular wilderness nature, local culture and delicious meals in a home-like atmosphere.

Visit the nearby highlands with their mountains, lakes, hot springs and deep canyons. The wilderness museum is also a truly wonderful interactive experience that can be witnessed both indoors and outdoors. Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls are excellent hiking trails that are both fairly easy as well as rewarding.


  • Find inspiration and relaxation in a tranquil, scenic location on the edge of the wilderness
  • Sleep in a truly authentic, historic setting.
  • Experience local food, including a wilderness dinner expertly prepared with ingredients foraged from the highlands
  • Discover constellations at a unique wilderness stargazing station
  • Enjoy opportunities to meet area locals
  • Walk in Iceland’s most famous forest restoration project
  • Enjoy great value since all meals and many experiences are included during your stay at the Wilderness Center

Why East Iceland?

  • This region bordered by wilderness highlands and steep fjords is one of Iceland’s best areas to meet locals
  • It has some of Iceland’s oldest land area—a genuine “classroom” for geology buffs
  • It’s full of legends about Vikings, monsters and elves
  •  It’s the only part of Iceland that is home to reindeer,
  • This part of Iceland is becoming famous for its locally-sourced culinary culture
  • East Iceland has the country’s largest forest- and its first environmental project

About the Wilderness Center

The award-winning  and locally-owned Wilderness Center opened in 2016.  It combines history, nature, local life and home-like accommodation in one setting.  The Wilderness Center is located about an hour from Egilsstadir in East Iceland. 

The Wilderness Center was developed by a  film-maker and a historian who wanted to involve visitors in Iceland’s history. When you cross the old wooden bridge at the Wilderness Center, you will step into the past. Buildings, interior decorations, food, activities and your hosts help to bring the past to life. The Center’s accommodation is in artfully renovated historic buildings with a few modern touches.  You’ll  experience Iceland’s history in cozy comfort. You are always welcome to chat with your hosts in the kitchen as they prepare your delicious meals.

You can tailor your experience with a range of locally-guided add-ons. All activities include a touch of storytelling, in the tradition of the Icelandic Sagas!

Authentic Accommodation:

Experience Icelandic history, whether it is a 1940s farmhouse bedroom or a cozy bedroom with a vintage explorer’s theme.  All rooms have Wi-Fi.  Please note 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.

Want a room with private bathrooms? Why not upgrade to the “Landowner’s Suite,” a double room with traditional Nordic décor and private bathroom. This room is also perfect for families!

Optional Services:

Looking for any of these extra services?

  • Upgraded accommodation
  • Extra night before or after the tour
  • Flights between Reykjavik and Egilsstadir
  • Car rental
  • Extra activity while at the Wilderness Center or in East Iceland?

Please contact us before you book and let us know about your request. We will be happy to assist you!



  • Fully guided tour
  • Vehicle ride from Egilsstadir and back
  • All transport on the tour
  • Lunch, refreshments and dinner on Day 1
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and refreshments on Day 2
  • Accommodation in a unique environment
  • Free access to the events, exhibition and hot spring


Pick Up Location: Egilsstadir

Drop off Location: Egilsstadir

Group size: 2 – 16 persons

Minimum age: No age limit

For guaranteed departure, a minimum of 2 persons is needed.

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Day 1

A Local Welcome to Authentic East Iceland

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

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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