The Wilderness Center



The Wilderness Center

The Wilderness Center at Egilsstaðir farm is an authentic and peaceful hideaway, located right by the edge of Northern Europe’s biggest wilderness. Vast open expanses and tranquil nature in strikingly beautiful surroundings await guests as well as an adventurous journey back in time when visiting the mid 20th century farmstead.  A guided tour of the unique exhibition that tells of the adventures of the wilderness. Restaurant on the premises and a bathing house free of charge for guests, including a warm pool, sauna and relaxation room with a fireplace. Accommodation in eight rooms with shared bathroom in two houses and in a spacious dormitory type common room, two enclosed bedchambers and a family room with a bath. Suitable for smaller groups, e.g. walking groups. Accommodation for 36 people. Horse riding and hiking tours. Day tours, escorted tours and tailor made tours. Open all year round. Exhibitions are open from June 1st to September 30th.

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Amenities

  • Shared bathroom
  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Working farm
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Hallormsstaðaskógur forrest
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Valþjófsstaðarkirkja Church 17 km
  • Hengifoss Waterfall (18 km) and Strútsfoss Waterfall (25 km)
  • Skriðuklaustur  13 km (Cultural and Historical Centre)
  • Snæfellsstofa 14 km, (Vatnajökull National Park Visitor Centre)
  • Hallormsstaður 27 km (bike rental, horse rental and restaurant)
  • Fljótsdalsstöð power station
  • Egilsstaðir 52 km
  • Kárahnjúkar 77 km

Accommodation

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.

Bathing house

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.

Board

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

 

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