DAY 1: HENGIFOSS, SKRIÐUKLAUSTUR, THE LAKE MONSTER OF LAGARFLJÓT, THE WILDERNESS CENTER AND EXHIBITIONS
Early pick up from your hotel. We will transfer you to the domestic airport for a morning flight from Reykjavik To Egilstaðir.
After arrival we start with morning walk up to the Hengifoss waterfall, the biggest attraction of East Iceland. For lunch we have the famous lunch buffet at Skriðuklaustur, a very special manorhouse built by writer Gunnar Gunnarsson. In the afternoon we have a guided tour through the exhibitions in the writer's house and outside we walk through the excavation area where the site of a 15th-century monastery has been discovered and along with it very important insights into the history of Iceland.
From Skriðuklaustur we will go in search of the world famous monster of Lagarfljót. A video clip of the monster attracted a lot of attention a few years ago. Over a pot of coffee down by the lake, we hear stories of the monster. Then we travel inland towards the innermost farm in the valley, where the Wilderness Center is situated. There we will get an insight into the wilderness through exhibitions both indoors and outdoors about life on the edge of the wilderness.
After a good dinner, made from local ingredients, we will hear ghost stories in the common room loft.
DAY 2: WATERFALL WALK, VALÞJÓFSSTAÐUR, EYVINDUR OF THE MOUNTAINS, A WALK IN THE DARK, ABANDONED FARM, CABLE-FERRY, HOT POOL, NORTHERN LIGHTS/STARGAZING.
After breakfast we walk the circle of waterfalls where many magnificent waterfalls can be seen. After lunch at Laugarfell we head back down to Fljótsdalur. In the church at Valþjófsstaður we will see an old silent film about the most famous outlaw of Iceland's history, Eyvindur of the Mountains. The church's organist provides live movie music.
After the movie we return to the Wilderness Center. There we warm up with hot chocolate and pancakes before we head out for a dusk walk towards the abandoned farm of Kleif. We stop by at Kleif and hear some hilarious stories of former occupants. It is a lot of fun crossing the 50-meter-wide river in a renovated cable ferry.
Dinner is served at the Wilderness Center where ingredients from the farms in the valley play a key role.
The day ends with us soaking away our cares in the hot spring at the Wilderness Center.
The once who are still not tired can go hunting for the northern lights in the evening. Sitting in the ruins of an old sheep stable, keeping warm by campfire, hot chocolate and sheepskin. For more experience we have a telescope for viewing stars and the northern lights. This location offers a really clear sky and the authenticity and pieceful atmosphere is magical and leaves no visitor untouched.
DAY 3: THE TURF STABLES, NATIONAL PARK CENTER, FOOD TASTING, FEAST AND EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
After breakfast we drive back into the past, visiting a farmer that keeps all his sheep in traditional turf-and-stone buildings. The atmosphere in the sheepshed is unique. After that we go to the National Park Exhibition Center to see a fun and educational exhibition about the Vatnajökull National Park – the largest in Europe. On the way we stop by in an old turf smokehouse and have a taste of the local delicacy, smoked lamb.
Since we are located in the main area with wild reindeers, we go reindeer “hunting,” with our cameras as weapons. These beautiful creatures together with the visual landscape of the East, make the perfect photo.
In the evening there is a veritable wilderness feast. Locals and guests cook together many dishes from local ingredients and the mistress of the house tells us all about Icelandic food tradition. The feast is followed by an evening of entertainment with playing and singing.
DAY 4: MÖÐRUDALUR Á FJÖLLUM, GEOTHERMAL AREAS, MÝVATN, NATURE BATHS, GOÐAFOSS, AKUREYRI
On the last day of the tour we go out to the tundras of the wilderness. We go to Möðrudalur, the highest farm over sea level and enjoy its beauty and the view to Mt. Herðubreið and hear tales of the colorful artist Stefán from Möðrudalur. After lunch at Möðrudalur farm, we stop at the old mountain hut by the river Jökulsá á fjöllum, where we hear stories of Mountain-Bensi who used to travel around in all winter weathers looking for stray sheep. He is the protagonist of a classic Icelandic novella, Aðventa (Advent) by Gunnar Gunnarsson. Some say Hemingway had the book as his inspiration when writing The Old Man and the Sea. Next we look at the geothermal area by Lake Mývatn and then have a dip in the Nature Baths there, with a great view of the lake. We also make a stop at the waterfall Goðafoss. From Akureyri we will flight back to Reykjavik where the trip ends.
* This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.