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Enjoy a panoramic drive through the town of Seyðisfjörður and out into the picturesque countryside. Here, breathtaking mountains sweep down to the sea, and long, narrow fjords are embroidered with fertile farmland like a timeless tapestry of green, black, blue and white.
Passing picturesque Fljótsdalsherad, you will stop at Lake Lagarfljót -- Iceland's third-largest lake. Sitting at 300 feet below sea level, the lake claims to be home to its own version of the Loch Ness monster, so take a moment to scour the surface for a sighting.
You're headed to the Wilderness Center. To enter, you must cross an old wooden bridge, which is actually like a bridge to another era. The center is located where the road ends, with the great highlands of northern Europe as a backdrop. Experience the tranquility and authenticity of this simple place. The aim of the Wilderness Center is to not feel like a museum. Instead, visitors should feel as if it's a walk-through adventure. Are you moved, surprised and enlightened? Escorted by a spirited local docent, keen to share stories and show how adventurous life was in and about the Icelandic highlands, you'll learn how people used to live in this remote area. At the old turf smokehouse, you'll taste the traditional and delicious mountain lamb right from the smoke hut.
Enter the old-style kitchen in the farmhouse, where you are invited to be part of the family. Talk with the hosts and watch as they prepare a meal with love and care. As you eat the lunch they've made, you'll understand the full experience of the Icelandic kitchen. Your hosts will tell you about the food and how it was treated and preserved in the old days before refrigeration.
You'll also have a chance to sing and play the old foot-pedal organ in the baðstofa before you head back to the ship at Seyðisfjörður.
Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. The terrain is grass/mud/gravel, with uneven pathways throughout. Suitable for guests with mobility limitations with a companion to assist.