Day 2: Egilsstadir - East Iceland Mountains and Moors - Wilderness Center of Iceland
Legendary Lake - Secret Waterfall - Turf roofed mansion - Highland Wilderness Gateway
Breakfast at your hotel. In the early morning, your guide will pick you up at your hotel to check in at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Catch a one-hour flight to Egilsstadir, the capital of the East. If the skies are clear, then you will have amazing views during your flight of the dramatic mountains and glaciers of the highland interior.
Upon arrival at Egilsstadir, you will drive to Fljotsdalur Valley, which rich green forest boardering the legendary Lagarfljót lake. According to local folklore, the lake is home to a sea monster similar to the one in Loch Ness, Scotland, but with its own unique story.
Visit Hengifoss, a little-glimpsed silvery waterfall dropping down a multicolored cliff. then discover local heritage at skriduklaustur, the turf roofed black and brown stone mansion of renowned Icelandic poet gunnar Gunnarsson. This are was also the site of a medieval monastery that helped perserve Old Norse history and lore, and you can discover a few written treasures here.
Then it is time to head to the edge of the eastern highland wilderness a stunning area of vast green heaths, black mountains and rushing glacial rivers. The Icelandic highlands are Northern Europe's largest wilderness area. the new Wilderness Center is the gateway to the highlands, and it is also am experience of history. Walk over a wooden bridge and into the past as you discover beautifully restored farm buildings from various periods in Iceland's highland history, including a turf roofed smoke house. An interactive exhibit tells you the story of the highlands nature and the independent people who settled here.
As part of your experience, you will also enjoy coffee and home baked Icelandic refreshments in an old farmhouse kitchen along with a chance to chat with the area locals. With luck, you may also catch a glimpse of reindeer, the symbol of East Iceland, as they wander in the mountains surrounding the Wilderness Center.
Dinner and Overnight in Egilsstadir