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Start bright and early visiting Vallanes Organic Farm for breakfast. Then drive through Iceland’s biggest woods, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and hike up to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second-highest waterfall.When you have finished the hike, taken pictures and enjoyed the view, we recommend a visit to the Wilderness Center for lunch and the extraordinary museum. There you can even cross the glacial river in a cable trolley. Continuing to Laugarfell, you can relax in the naturally warm pool with its view of Snæfell as well as enjoying some homemade cake at the Laugarfell Hostel. Farther into the highlands, you reach Kárahnjúkar Dam and can look down into Hafrahvammagljúfur - the deepest canyon in Iceland. 

PLEASE NOTE: MOUNTAIN ROADS (F roads) ON THE HIGHLAND CIRCLE ARE ONLY OPEN DURING SUMMER.

 

 

Vallanes Farm Guesthouse
We offer accommodation in the heart of our Móðir Jörð organic farm in Vallanes.  Flat or cottage accommodate 2-4 people with a double bed, kitchenette and private bathrooms with a shower.  The private and calm atmosphere in a beautiful environment. We offer local breakfast from the farm in a newly built café the Aspen House made entirely with wood from the farm.  Shop and restaurant with vegetarian cuisine, lunch and other meals are open from 9-18 daily in the summertime.
Vallanes
Vallanes is a farm and a vicarage, known for the habitation of many leading scholars and literates of centuries past. Today the farmers of Vallanes are renowned for organic farming and pioneer products, i.a. vegetables and barley. They also produce food and cosmetics under the brand name of  "Móðir Jörð" - "Mother Earth".  In the last century, the locals of the surrounding district erected their community centre, Iðavellir, on the outskirts of Vallanes, and there the East Iceland Equestrian Association has its main hub on the grounds for races and shows.  
Hallormsstaður
Hallormsstaður is a former parsonage. A small village has formed in this area through the years in connection with the school, travel industry, and the work in the forest. The forest of Hallormsstaður is the largest forest in Iceland. In 1903 the Forest Department was founded in Hallormsstaður. A remarkable tree museum has formed in the forest of hallormsstaður through the years. At the tree museum, there are walking paths making it easy to go through the history of tree planting in Iceland. There are art exhibitions in the area and many other events. atlavík, which is located deep in the forest is a beloved attraction for tourists.
Hallormsstaðaskógur
Hallormsstaðaskógur National Forest is considered to be Iceland's largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares, most of which is native birch. The birchwood remnants at Hallormsstaður farm were declared protected in 1905 and thereby became Iceland's first national forest and is now managed by the Icelandic Forest Service. Hallormsstaðaskógur is a popular outdoor recreational area for both locals and travellers, with its diverse landscapes and over 40 kms of versatile hiking routes and marked trails, camp sites, open spaces and playgrounds. The Hallormsstaður Arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 80 tree species from all over the world.  The forest provides food, nest sites and protection from predators for several bird species. Year-round residents include redpoll, wren, goldcrest, ptarmigan, and raven. In summer the forest fills with redwings, snipes and meadow pipits along with woodcocks and wagtails. Besides birding, the forest offers opportunities for botanising and picking berries and mushrooms. 
Arboretum in Hallormsstaðar Forest
The Arboretum in Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest has about 80 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world, and the museum is unique in Iceland. It is best to enter the tree museum from the car park by the main road, where there are also toilet facilities, and follow the footpath through the museum. It is recommended to spend 2 to 3 hours exploring the museum and enjoying the outdoors. It is also ideal to bring a packed lunch, which is fun to eat by the river.
Hengifoss Hiking Trail
Hengifoss is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland and it is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish color particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss. Moreover, underway towards Hengifoss, the Litlanesfoss presents impressive stands of basalt columns on both sides of the gorge. Usually, the climb ends well below Hengifoss, at a point where it can easily be admired without crossing the river. However, if the flow is scarce - as is often the case in autumn - it is feasible to go closer and even enter a shallow cave behind the waterfall. There is an easy walking path from the highway to Hengifoss, it takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the waterfall. Powered by Wikiloc
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
Snæfellsstofa is the information center for the eastern territory of Vatnajökull National Park. It is situated at Skriðuklaustur in an environmentally friendly building. The house itself is the first of its kind in the country. It is designed and built according to environmentally sound standards (BREEAM). In Snæfellsstofa you can find an exhibition about nature and wildlife in the area, multimedia and activities for children. Souvenir shop with focus on local products, coffee sale and internet on site. Free admission. Vatnajökull National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Europe. It was established in 2008 and covers an area of around 14000 square kilometers which is about 14% of the surface of Iceland. The glacier covers about half of the Park, offering a unique interplay between fire and ice, volcanic activity, glacial and geological formations and waterfalls. The Park contains many areas of historical interest and an extraordinary variety of landscapes which contain some of the nation´s greatest natural treasures. It occupies a very important place in the world of natural science, due to, among other things, the dynamic interaction between fire and ice, which is still very much at work today. For opening hours, please visit this website here.
Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history
Skriðuklaustur is the former home of the famous author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). Since 2000 it has been open as a centre of culture & history with various activities and exhibitions. It houses a museum about the author with personal guidance about his life and career as well as the adventure of building a mansion in Fljotsdalur valley in 1939. The house itself is one of Iceland’s most treasured buildings, donated to the Icelandic nation by the author in 1948. It was designed by the German architect Fritz Höger. At Skriðuklaustur, you can also have a look at the ruins of a medieval Augustinian monastery from the 16th century which was excavated at the beginning of the 21st century. The ruins are accessible all year round, close to the author's home. The exhibition about medieval life and the excavation can be found in the cultural centre which also houses the restaurant Klausturkaffi.  Opening hoursApril: Open daily 12pm - 4pm May: Open daily 11am - 5pm June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pmSeptember - october 17th: Open daily 12am - 5pm    
Wilderness center
Wilderness Center of Iceland - Center of Recreation The Wilderness Center is an authentic and peaceful hideaway, located right on the edge of Northern Europe´s most extensive wilderness. One can experience the spirit of the past through a variety of services, such as unique accommodation, local food, exhibitions, horse riding and hiking, stargazing/Aurora station, day tours, escorted tours, super jeep tours, and tailor-made tours. The center's tranquil and pleasant location, as well as the distinct choice of accommodation and unique setting both indoors and out, will draw guests into adventures of the past and offer a unique atmosphere. Delicious food from local ingredients is cooked from scratch in the open home-style kitchen. Cakes and bread are also home-made. The Center offers a variety of activity and services. One can go hiking along waterfalls, cross the river on a cable-bridge, go horseback riding, rent mountain bikes, go fishing, gaze at the stars in the stargazing hut or visit the creative museum about the history of the Icelandic wilderness, where one can walk into the adventures of the Icelandic wilderness and be touched by the dramatic struggle between the forces of nature and the Icelander´s fight to survive. Many different day tours can be made from the Wilderness Center either self-drive or escorted. For example to Hengifoss, Laugarfell hot springs, Snæfell area, Hafrahvammagljúfur canyons and many more. Multi-day, tailormade tours can also be arranged, all year around. MUSEUM - HIKING - RIDING - MOUNTAIN BIKING - FISHING - STARGAZING - ACCOMMODATION - LOCAL FOOD - GUIDED TOURS TEL: +354 440 8822 / info@wilderness.is / www.wilderness.is
Waterfall Circle
The Waterfall Circle is an 8 kilometers long hiking circle that starts and ends in Laugarfell. On the hike, you can see five waterfalls and one canyon. Some of these waterfalls are among the most powerful in East Iceland. Most famous of the waterfalls are Kirkjufoss and Faxi. This beautiful hike is getting more and more popular among hikers. After the hike then it is a good idea to take a bath in the hot springs in Laugarfell. Powered by Wikiloc
Snæfell
Mt Snæfell towering to 1,833 m, is the highest mountain in Iceland, outside the glacier regions. Even so, and despite the omnipresent snow, (Snæfell = "The Snow Mountain), it is fairly accessible from Snæfellsskáli hut. While Snæfell boasts a splendor of its own, it offers a fabulous view, partly overlooking the oasis of Eyjabakkar. Eyjabakkar is the choice habitat for geese.  Reindeer can frequently be spotted west of Snæfell, towards Hálsalón reservoir, in addition to other territories in the East Iceland highlands. Powered by Wikiloc
Kárahnjúkar
The Power Plant at Kárahnjúkar is the largest construction project in Icelandic history and the most significant electricity production in the country. The Kárahnjúkar Power Plant was built to produce energy for the aluminum plant at Reyðarfjörður. A trip to Kárahnjúkar is an ideal road trip for the family. A paved road runs from Fljótsdalur to the Kárahnjúkar dam.  The Kárahnjúkar area is ideal for outdoor activities. It is fun to see the Kárahnjúkar Dam itself and the Hálslón Reservoir. When Hálslón fills up and overflows, the Hverfandi waterfall appears at the western end of the dam, where the water plunges about 100 meters into Hafrahvammahljúfur. The waterfall is mighty and can become more powerful than Dettifoss. There are also fun hiking trails in the area; for example, there is a great hiking trail along Hafrahvammagljúfur and to Magnahellir, but to get to the starting point of the marked hiking trail, you need a four-wheel-drive car. 
Hafrahvammagljufur
Hafrahvammagljúfur in Austurland is one of the largest and most magnificent gorges in Iceland. The gorge is about 200 meters from the bottom to the edge (where it is highest), and the canyon is about 8 kilometers long. There is a marked hiking trail along the gorge and down to Magnahellir. You need a four-wheel-drive car to drive to the trail's starting point, but you can see part of the gorge from Kárahjúkar dam, and you can get there by an average car. 
Laugarfell
Laugarfell is located in the eastern part of the Icelandic Highlands, a bit north from Mount Snæfell. There are only two km.from the road that leads to Kárahnjúkar to Laugarfell and it is the only part of the road that is not paved. In the summer there is good access to Laugarfell in all kinds of vehicles. Laugarfell offers accommodation for 28 people. Two natural pools are located in Laugarfell and according to old folk tales the water is known for its healing powers. There are many interesting tracking paths around Laugarfell and a number of beautiful waterfalls. Additionally, one can expect to see reindeer wandering around the area of Laugarfell. Laugarfell is open from the 1st of June to 30 of September.We open by agreement during the winter time.
Laugavalladalur
Laugavalladalur is a green oasis west of river Jökulsá á Dal, some 20 km. north of dam Káraghnjúkar. Close to the site of an abandoned farm, there is a geothermal stream, ideal for taking a bath and a shower in the warm waterfall where the stream runs into the valley's main river. Please be wary of the temperature as it sometimes rises well above suitable limits!
Sænautasel
The farm of Sænautasel, situated up in the highland of Jökuldalsheiði, was inhabited from 1843-1943. In the years 1875-1880, however, it was left abandoned as a result of the lavish ashfall emanating from volcano Askja during an 1875 eruption.   Rumour has it that the farm served as a model for "Independent People", the most popular novel of Iceland's only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness. Now rebuilt, the interior and exterior of the turf buildings are open to visitors during the summer. Guided tours help reveal the conditions of earlier Icelandic generations. Refreshments in traditional style are offered in the summer time.  
Rjúkandi
Rjúkandi waterfall is a beautiful waterfall that gracefully descends a few cliffs, from the mountains and almost down to highway 1. Access to the waterfall is very good; it is only a short walk from the car park by the main road.
Stuðlagil
Welcome to Stuðlagil! There are however good reasons for every visitor to start by reading these few words of caution.  Whether we call the river the Jökla or Jökulsá á Dal, the Icelandic root word jökull means glacier and should make us wary of glacial river characteristics. Such rivers can have dangerous currents even when they don't appear to be flowing fast or flooding. These currents are unpredictable and may overcome any swimmer, causing life-threatening situations in an instant. Only people with considerable experience of this place can see how the currents interact. Therefore, we beg every guest neither to swim nor to dive off rocks and cliffs. The river banks may also be slippery, leading to falls and accidents.  Please show caution while travelling, as well as respect for sensitive nature!  Stuðlagil canyon is a unique place in Jökuldalur, Austurland. The gorge was little known for a long time, as it was not fully revealed until after the Kárahnjúkar Power Plant was taken into use and the water level in Jökulsá á Dal (Jökla) decreased. As a result, one of the largest and most beautiful columnar basalt formations in Iceland is now on display. It is incredibly photogenic, especially when the water in the river is clear. Note that there are two very different ways to see Stuðlagil canyon. One way is to stop at Grund, from where it is a brief walk down to the gorge. But, unfortunately, it is not possible to go down into the canyon on that side. On the other hand, it is possible to walk about 5 kilometers from Klaustursel farm to the gorge, but you can get into the canyon on that side. Hiking Trail from Klaustursel farm to Stuðlagil CanyonDrive south of the ring road (road no. 1) through Jökuldalur, onto road number 923. From there are about 14 kilometers to Klaustursel farm. Note that you must not drive over the bridge, but park in the car park on the west side. From there, you walk over the bridge and continue along a 5-kilometer long path, to the place where you can get into Stuðlagil canyon. Along the way is a beautiful waterfall, Stuðlafoss, which falls from a steep basalt boulder. This hiking trail is over 10 kilometers long in total and could easily take 3 hours, including stops by Stuðlagil and Stuðlafoss.  It is a fantastic experience to go down into the gorge and see the columnar basalt all around. However, when reaching the gorge, keep in mind that rocks and cliffs can be wet and very slippery.  Observation platforms by GrundDrive south of the ring road (road no. 1) through Jökuldalur just past Skjöldólfsstaðir, onto road number 923. From there are about 19 kilometers to Grund. At Grund, there are parking spaces, toilets and safe access to the gorge with stairs and platforms. It only takes about 5 minutes to walk to Stuðlagil canyon. There is a good view down into the gorge and over the diverse basalt columns. Note that the river changes color if there is an overflow in Hálslón. Overflow is most common from the beginning of August until October. Here you can follow the water level of the reservoir on Landsvirkjun's website.  It is also essential to keep in mind the nature of the area is fragile. Stuðlagil is a new destination, and the attendance is high. Guests are especially encouraged to respect the environment and be tidy. During the period from May 1st to June 10th, numerous pink-footed geese nest in the area. During that time, visitors need to stay within marked walking paths and give the birds enough space. Further information at Stuðlagil's website .
Eyvindará river
Among the precious gems of the township, Egilsstaðir is the river Eyvindará. A farm on the river banks,k with the same name, traces its roots prior to  A.D. 1000. The burial mound of saga legend Helgi Droplaugarson, and ruins - commonly believed to be the ruins of his historic abode- are still to be seen on the Eyvindará grounds.  The area is highly popular among the local youths for all kinds of outdoor activities.
Vök Baths
Vök Baths is a geothermal destination on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland. Located only 5-kilometres northwest of Egilsstaðir, the largest settlement in the East, Vök Baths is an essential stop on any visit to this part of the country.

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