Includes: Many of East Icelands´s pearls, Fellabær, Skriðuklaustur manor estate, Fljótsdalsstöð Power plant, Hallormsstaðaskógur forrest and Gufufoss waterfall.
Passengers are picked up at the port in Seyðisfjörður.
Departure is aprox. 40 min. after arrival of the Cruise Ship.
From Seyðisfjörður we drive over Fjarðarheiði, a mountain pass at an elevation of over 600 meters above the sea level. We make a short stop at Fellabær, a town in Eastern Iceland, located right across Lagarfljót Lake from Egilsstaðir.
After our short stop a Fellabær, we taka a tour around Lagarfljót, a narrow lake in the east of Iceland, also known as Lögurinn. Lagarfljót is best known for
its natural beauty, its fishing, and its folklore. According to legend, the deep lake is said to hold a beast called the Lagarfljót Wyrm, a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster with a lot more history.
While the earliest significant records of Nessie go back to the 1870s, the Lagarfjlót Wyrm has been spoken about since 1345. Even today, videos and photos emerge of disruption at the surface of the lake, said to be the venom spitting beast. While most are attributed to logs, currents, ice and wind, there are a few that have experts puzzled, with no concrete answer as to what they could be. Any visitor to East Iceland will no doubt see Lagarfljót, as it is located right next to the Capital of the East, Egilsstaðir. This is the region’s largest town and its commerce centre. Many of its accommodation options are set against the lake edge.
Our next stop is Skriðuklaustur, an ancient manor estate in Fljótsdalur. From 1493 - 1552 a monastery operated there. In the years 2002 - 2012 an extensive archaeological excavation took place on the cloister ruins which are now open to visitors. The writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889 - 1975) bought Skriðklaustur in 1939 and built a large house there designed by the German architect Fritz Höger. The writer moved to Reykjavík in 1948 and donated Skriðuklaustur to the Icelandic nation. In 2000 the institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson resumed operation in Skriðuklaustur as a centre of culture and history. In the summertime Skriðuklaustur comes alive with various exhibitions, cultural happenings and guided tours for visitors around the writer's house and the archaeological site.
Our next destination is Fljótsdalsstöð or Kárahnjúkar Hydropower plant, Icelands largest power station, producing 690 MW of electricity. Kárahnjúkar Dam is the tallest concrete-faced rockfill dam in Europe and among the largest of its kind in the world. The River Jökulsá á Dal is dammed at Fremri Kárahnjúkar with the largest of the Kárahnjúkar dams. Most of the rockfill was quarried just upstream of the dam within the reservoir area and placed in compacted layers. The water from all the reservoirs comes together in the headrace tunnel, which runs almost level at 100-200 metres depth under the Fljótsdalsheidi Moor. The headrace tunnel ends in two pressure shafts, where the water falls 400 metres vertically into the Fljótsdalur Station’s Powerhouse, about 1 km inside the mountain.
Iceland’s largest forrest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, a National forrest, sits on the shores of Lagarfljót lake. This is an amazing place for birdwatching, and where the forest and lake meet, one can find a wealth of ducks, geese and other water birds. Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland's leading woodland. It is Iceland's first national forest and has been preserved since 1905. It is a natural birch forest, but a nursing station was established in 1903 and experiments were made with the planting of foreign tree species. The oldest larch grove in Hallormsstaðaskógur forest, Guttormslundur grove, dates back to 1938 and is named after Guttormur Pálsson, ranger.
Last but not least we will stop at Gufufoss, a moderately sized waterfall found just outside of the city of Egilsstaðir along the road leading to Seyðisfjörður. The falls plunge 20m (63 feet) in two steps, with drops of 6 m (19 feet) and 14 m (44 feet) into a narrow canyon. As the stream continues down the hill, the canyon makes a sharp bend to the left just below the falls, providing a unique horseshoe bend type vista of the falls, but also hiding the falls from view until one hikes to a point that looks directly up the gorge.
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