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Spend five extra days on your Iceland tour to visit the isolated and rugged East Iceland region. Get a taste of the country lifestyle and learn about how this part of the island survives its winters. Experience springtime with new baby lambs and geese hatchlings and take short hikes to spot wild reindeer, puffins, and seals in this area. Three nights are spent at the Wilderness Center, an old farm whose furnishings and lifestyle take you back a century to how life used to be. Witness the birth of baby lambs, horseback ride on the famous Icelandic horse, or go for a mountain bike ride through the rugged landscape. Fish with the locals and learn to cook the locals' way. This 5-day tour gives you a great introduction to the East Iceland country life at a leisurely pace.
Sheep at the farmThe old cablewayWild Reindeer in East Icelandbaby chicks to hatchIcelandic cooking in the Wilderness kitchenHengifoss Waterfall hike and horseback rideFishing signs along the coast in East IcelandIcelandic Horseback rideSpring at Wilderness Center
  • Observe animals and wildlife in springtime with new babies and hatchlings
  • Tour old turf homes, abandoned farms, and try fishing with the locals
  • Hike the east fjord region of Borgarfjörður Eystri and spot puffins
  • Stay active with short hikes, mountain biking, and horseback riding options
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Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive to Reykjavik this morning and transfer yourself to your hotel in the center of downtown Reykjavik. Drop your luggage at your hotel and set out to explore the city on your own this first day and rest up after your long travels. Check in and spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. You can opt to visit Blue Lagoon spa for a relaxing soak in the hot springs, or explore the city at your own pace.

Day 2: Fly Egilsstaðir | Wilderness Center

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive to the Egilsstaðir airport early this morning where you are met by your hosts for the next few days. Set out from the airport to do an easy hike up beautiful canyons to Hengifoss Waterfall. Next stop to see the exhibit at the visitor's center of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest tract of wilderness in Europe. Arrive to the Wilderness Center in time for lunch and to settle in to your home for the next few days. The Wilderness Center is located on the northwest edge of the park and offers a great base camp from which to explore the surrounding highlands. Coming in springtime brings some of its own unique opportunities as well! Join the farmers at the sheep stable this afternoon to witness the action of lambing season in full force. Next take a tour to the adventure exhibit and get a brief introduction to the lfiestyle and adventures of previous inhabitants in these highlands. This evening your food is served in the cozy and authentic dining area at the Center. The kitchen operates as an open kitchen, so you have the chance to see how things are prepared and learn from the locals some secrets to Icelandic cuisine.

Day 3: Local Fishing | Pink-Footed Geese

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you start out being spoiled with both an Icelandic and international breakfast! Today's adventure involves fishing with local farmers and laying nets out along the river banks. Enjoy a packed lunch over an open fire before you continue on this afternoon looking for pink-footed goose nests along the river. Collect any eggs you may find and learn about these interesting birds and how they have been interconnected with highlanders for years. Head back later today to check your trout nets and see if you have caught anything. Arrive back to the Wilderness Center for dinner this evening. Be sure to check out any newborn lambs in the stables!

Day 4: Wild Reindeer | Icelandic Turf Homes | Ride or Bike

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you set out to spot wild reindeers and spend some time observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Bring your cameras, a little bit of patience, and be prepared to be awe-struck! After lunch you continue on to visit traditional Icelandic turf houses in the region. Some of these old-style homes are still in active use for sheep farming. This afternoon back at the Wilderness Center you can opt to bike or ride horses to an old cablebox that was once used to cross the river. It has not been rebuilt and offers a great destination for an excursion of your choice. Bike your way through the abanadoned farm here, or ride Icelandic horses, who are popular for their five gaits unlike most other horses. Return to the Wilderness Center for a lesson in local specialities with the chef in the kitchen. 

Day 5: Borgarfjörður Eystri

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before setting out for a tour to Húsey. This unique place boasts beautiful black beaches by the ocean. Here you can spot seals and their young ones in springtime. The birdlife is also teeming in the region this time of year. After lunch, visit Borgarfjörður Eystri, one of the eastern fjords and a known habitat for puffins, 'elves', and lonely mountains. Spend your time leisurely exploring the area before you have to return to the Egilsstaðir Airport for your flight back to Reykjavik this evening.


Fosshotel Baron

Historical Rooms with lofted ceiling
Treats at the bar
Historical Room

Wilderness Center

Icelandic cooking in the Wilderness kitchen
Wilderness Center in Summer
Wild Reindeer out the window

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
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