VISIT TO THE SKALANES NATURE RESERVE
Sightseen, From 1 to 3 hours walking, 52
In a nutshell An extraordinary opportunity to visit one of the remotest locations in Iceland, little visited even by Icelanders.
Good to know
- Thorarinsstaðir, photo stop at the archaeological site
- Skalanes, visit to the nature reserve with wild animal sightings
- Skalanes, refreshments with typical dishes
- We arrive at Thorarinsstaðir by coach, where we immediately stop for a quick visit to a major archaeological site with relics from the first settlements in Iceland. Here a stave church and a graveyard were discovered, that were erected by Christians to consecrate a pagan cemetery.
- We continue our excursion through grassy valleys surrounded by high mountains, in an area punctuated by a handful of now abandoned farms where we can immerse ourselves in the peaceful nature, following streams and admiring the beauty of the landscape.
- Skalanes is a private reserve of 1250 hectares with an adjoining cultural centre. It was created as a centre for study and research into the environment and Icelandic cultural history, as well as a model for sustainable tourism. The reserve is home to around 47 species of bird and offers a unique opportunity to spot reindeer, seals and, more rarely, whales off the coast. Near the small lake there is a colony of eiders which fill the air with their graceful calls and bright colours. Their feathers are regularly collected when the young leave their nests.
- Before returning to the ship we sample delicious refreshments with traditional Icelandic dishes.
Good to know
- This excursion includes an English speaking guide.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
- This excursion involves a walk of approximately 1 hour on rough terrain, it is therefore not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- We recommend wearing suitable shoes for walking and warm, comfortable, casual clothing.