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Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center

Egilsstadir 701 Iceland
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#2 of 34 Specialty lodging in Egilsstadir
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Wilderness Center / Óbyggdasetur Íslands offers pet-friendly accommodation in Óbyggdasetur. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. You will find a shared lounge at the property. You can engage in various activities, such as horse riding and fishing. The nearest airport is Egilsstadir Airport, 49 km from the property. We speak your language!
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English, German, Icelandic
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Árni H wrote a review Aug 2020
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We are an Icelandic couple and were travelling in the East of Iceland and wanted to have a break from the tent one night. We dropped in without a booking and were greeted warmly by the friendly staff. They were expecting a group and some other booking but arranged a place for us to stay. The valley is beautiful and we did the short hike to the cable ferry a bit further in the valley. The walk is easy and crossing the raging glacier river on the cable ferry was an amazing experience. From the other side we hiked up the mountain for some great views of the valley and the mountain Snæfell. We arrived back and were served dinner. The dinner was very good and definitely traditional Icelandic family dinner, but with a nice twist to make it more special. The accommodation is great and authentic and much care has been taken to make it feel like you are staying at a farm from a hundred years ago. Fantastic for us, but if you are looking for a modern luxurious something, there are other options better suited. If you are looking for something unique, look no further. There is free wifi and sockets to charge your phones by every bed. Unfortunately the museum was closed due to Covid, but that's just an excuse for us to come back. The hot pool and sauna were a great addition to top the day off and ensure a good night's sleep. They offer some enticing tours, but we didn't do any of those at this time, except the hike and cable ferry that we did on our own. Overall a full value stay and highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Stuart S wrote a review Mar 2020
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We arrived in March and thankfully the road to get to the wilderness centre was easily passible as it is a remote location. I imagine this may not be the case in poor weather! Once we got there, we were blown away by how stunning the location was in the snow. The old farmhouse we stayed in was beautifully decorated with all of the old items from over the years, and the hosts were so friendly! The hot spring was incredible and we sat out in it watching the sunset and then under the stars. Amazing. There’s also a great sauna. We would really recommend the museum. It’s quite pricey but is worth it as it is a labour of love, telling the history of the area in an entertaining way with excellent attention to detail. We’ll definitely have to come back one summer to do some walking when the highlands are open. Stu & Danielle
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
claire d wrote a review Aug 2019
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Our stay at the wilderness center has been nothing short of exceptional. To get there, we drove down a valley, stopping a few times along the way to say hi to the few foals that had just been born and waiting for the sheep to cross the road. A magical start in the low light. We arrived at the center, which is a farm that has been renovated in the Icelandic traditional style and hasn’t received several national awards (Including one given by the president of Iceland). The owner is a film maker and local so his attention to detail to create an authentic experience was noticeable. From the delicious home cooked meals to the museum tour (not to miss, it really exceeded our expectations), to the nature walks alongside the working farm, it felt like stepping back in time. If you want luxury, modern conveniences and restaurant style menu then pick something else. However, if you want a genuinely authentic, real Icelandic experience then this is well worth the slight detour of the ring road. Special mention for the delicious pancakes that were served alongside rhubarb jam for breakfast. PS: despite what some other reviewers are saying, there are plenty of plug sockets, the WiFi works great and the owners can accommodate for your dietary requirements for dinner if you warn them in advance of your arrival.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Gwen V wrote a review Aug 2019
Hewitt, New Jersey417 contributions108 helpful votes
This was recommended to us by an Icelandic friend and it didn't disappoint. We drove up the long valley to get to the hotel and were blocked by friendly Icelandic horses so we stopped to say hello. The room was lovely and the bathroom spacious. We went for a walk after a delicious dinner in the cozy kitchen and met Gunnar, the neighbor's son, who was bottle-feeding three orphaned lambs. We got to help and he even let us name them (Lif, Garpur and Phil.) The amazing horses, in particular Stormur with his stunning mane, were so sweet as we walked up the valley and came to us. I'll be going back there next year!!
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Date of stay: July 2019
gudjb wrote a review Aug 2019
4 contributions6 helpful votes
We where a party of 20 staying there doing day hiking around this beautiful area. The accommodation, the beds and bedsheets, the food, nature and being in the middle of the east of Iceland hiking was breathtaking. The staff went the extra mile making sure we had a great stay. Hot tub and sauna were great after hiking. People who like hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and love to sleep in a wonderful Icelandic nature will love this. Denni thanks for taking care of all of us. On behalf of the SOSF hiking group. Gudjon and Alma

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Date of stay: July 2019
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$72 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center
Which popular attractions are close to Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
Nearby attractions include Atlavik (0.04 miles) and Waterfall Trail (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
Does Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Icelandic.
Is Obyggdasetur Islands - Wilderness Center accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.