Old farmhouse: The old residential building was built in 1940 and has recently been restored to its original state. It has 4 double rooms with a shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen. The furnishings are chararcteristic of the residents in the 1940s.
Basecamp: This house has four double rooms, shared bathroom and shower facilities and a small kitchen. The house is decorated in a creative and tasteful way with a reclaiming theme, where old objects are given new roles.
Accommodation in an "Icelandic turf farmstead"
In the building next to the farmhouse, a charming old-fashioned dormitory loft has been created on the upper floor of the house, reminiscent of old Icelandic turf farmstead dwellings. It offers accommodation in several made-up double beds in the shared space and two enclosed bed chambers. At the end of the dormitory is the "Landowner's Suite", a four-person family room with en-suite bathroom. Guests will undoubtedly be transported back to the turn of the 20th century when they enter the dormitory, and it's a unique experience to spend the night here in surroundings reminiscent of a wealthier homestead from the past.
Included in the accommodation is access to an adventurous bathing house with a warm pool, sauna and a relaxation room with a fireplace. The bathing house is decorated in a particularly beautiful way and the exterior is sheathed with driftwood.
There's a restaurant on the premises with an emphasis on local ingredients and traditional Icelandic cooking. Guests are welcome to visit the kitchen and chat with the woman of the house while she cooks. All bread and baked treats are homemade. Breakfast and other meals available. Licensed.
Service and recreation
Marked hiking trails. Guided hiking and horse riding tours starting from the Wilderness Centre. Onsite, there is a beautiful and interesting exhibition about the wilderness frontiers and the lives and conditions of the people who lived there. The museum area extends all the way to the Kleif farmstead (3 km/1.86 mi) and up the mountainside.
Skriðuklaustur Cultural Centre and Snæfellsstofa, the information centre for the eastern section of Vatnajökull National Park (14 km/8.7 mi). Hengifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland (18 km/11 mi). Hallormstaður and Hallormstaður forest/Atlavík with horse, bike and boat rental (27 km/17.7 mi). The nearest town with shops, restaurants, and a good and well-equipped swimming pool, tourist information centre, and various other services: Egilsstaðir (52 km/32 mi). Regular scheduled domestic flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir (flight duration: 1 hour). There is 80 km/50 mi to Seyðisfjörður, where the ferry to Scandinavia docks (Smyril Line - Norræna).
The tranquil wilderness, natural beauty, dark night skies and northern lights
The Wilderness Centre at Egilsstaðir, the innermost farm in Norðurdalur valley, which extends from Fljótsdalur valley. Jökulsá river forms many waterfalls around the valley, and it's well worth it to hike along it, visiting the Kleif homestead, crossing the glacial river by cable car and enjoying the numerous waterfalls flowing down from the mountainside to the Vesturöræfi lowlands, where Snæfell mountain stands tall. Hikers will find a lot to choose from and won't have far to go to enjoy the peace and quiet in the vast wilderness.
Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant
The Landsvirkjun Kárahnjúkar Information Centre is within the Végarður Information Centre (12 km/7.5 mi ). By Bessastaðir (4 km/2.5 mi further into the valley) there are roads leading to Fljótsdalsheiði and to Kárahnjúkar; it takes approximately an hour to drive from the information centre to the viewing platform by the Desjarár dam. From there you can see the most magnificent – and controversial – power station in Iceland.
Hengifoss, Strútsfoss, Hallormsstaðaskógur
It's about 18 km/11 mi from the Wilderness Centre to Hengifoss waterfall in Fljótsdalur, the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Anyone who enjoys spectacular natural attractions will also appreciate Strútsfoss waterfall in Suðurdalur (75 m/246 ft. tall). From the Sturluflöt farm (25 km/16 mi ), it's a comfortable 20-minute walk up along the spectacular gorge to the waterfall. Hallormstaður forest (27 km/17 mi ) has been a nature preserve since 1905 and is considered to be the largest forest in Iceland, at around 740 ha/1829 ac. There is a hiking area with many marked trails in the forest, spanning about 40 km/25 mi. At Hallormstaður there's a family-friendly arboretum with over 70 species of trees as well as a playground for kids and a barbecue area. We also recommend taking a hike around Ranaskógur forest in from Gilsárgil gorge (22 km/24 mi). Ranaskógur is considered to be one of the most beautiful and richly-vegetated forests in the country.
Host: Denni Karlsson