Authentic Iceland - Living With Locals _157040


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Authentic Iceland - Living With Locals

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time-raw2 days
Very Easy
Starting point
Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður Ferry Port
Pickup Option
Free Pickup

Embark on a 2-day exploration tour of one of the most pristine destinations in Iceland. On this tour, you will discover many tales and myths about how this area came to be. On the first day, you will visit the Lagarfljót lake and learn about the mystical nature of the lake as well as its famous river monster. Your guide will lead you to an abandoned farm where you'll see authentic Icelandic horses. On day two, you will visit the neighboring locals, as well as have a visit to the Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls.

What to expect?


Day 1

  • The tour starts with a scenic drive over the mountains and along the Lagarfljót lake, home of a famous river monster. We listen to stories of the mystical nature of the lake.

  • At the Wilderness Center, you will be guided through the unique wilderness museum, created by a group of artists, filmmakers, and historians. There we enjoy local food for lunch made in the Center´s homely kitchen.

  • Then our local guide takes us to a picturesque abandoned farm full of stories and traces of the past.

  • Those who dare can experience the adventure of crossing the glacier river in a renovated cable-box.

  • Then we enjoy light refreshments in the center‘s cozy kitchen before soaking in the hot spring at the Wilderness Center where the view over the peaceful the valley is a delightful treat.

  • As an appetizer before dinner, we visit a traditional turf smoke hut and taste the local smoked meat. Experience local food, a wilderness dinner, with ingredients from the highlands that are prepared and cooked by the locals in an open cozy kitchen.

  • After dinner, we visit the Wilderness stargazing station. Located in reconstructed ruins of an old sheep stable, made from stones and turf. This location offers a fabulous view of clear skies and the authenticity and peaceful atmosphere is magically guaranteed to leave no visitor untouched. Try our great telescope for stargazing through the open roof and be inspired by stories about how the distant stars have made a great impact on many lives, for example guiding travelers. Since we will be gazing through an open roof, wool blankets, sheepskins, a campfire, and hot chocolate will keep us warm. Perhaps the northern lights will be out dancing?

Day 2

  • We start the day with breakfast then visit our neighbor at the last active farm in Iceland that still keeps all the sheep in traditional houses built from turf and stones. We watch quirky and interesting old silent film clips about the wilderness before a local lunch that awaits us at the Wilderness Center.

  • After lunch, we drive out of the valley making interesting stops like being introduced to the friendly and unique Icelandic horse and scouting for reindeer.

  • At the Vatnajökull National park exhibition, we learn about nature and the environment.

  • The next destination is the Hengifoss waterfall. It is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, measuring 128 m falling from the plateau into a magnificent gorge. There is a colorful rock face surrounding the waterfall showing different layers from volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary period when Iceland was formed. It takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the waterfall. On the way is another astonishing waterfall called Litlanesfoss. It is crowned by exceptional high basalt columns making it totally unique and photogenic.

  • Finally, we drive back, enjoying the scenery on the way as we pass historic places, elf dwellings, and beautiful nature.

  • This itinerary might have minor changes due to winter weather conditions.

What is included?

  • Fully guided tour
  • Drive to and from ferry port /airport
  • All transport on the tour
  • Lunch, refreshments and dinner (wilderness feast) on day 1
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on day 2
  • Accommodation in a unique environment
  • Free access to all events and exhibitions during the tour

Is this experience for me?

  • Most people can participate

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Spending money
  • Camera
  • Layered clothing
  • Passport/ID
  • Outerwear, such as gloves and a coat (dependent on season)
  • Overnight items

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
  • Quality Assurance: Travelade only works with selected local partners we trust to provide high-quality service.

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