East part of Iceland is often referred to as Iceland's best kept secret for a good
reason. Full of breathtaking fjords, cosy fishing villages, strong connection
to the Icelandic heritage and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation make
this part of Iceland truly unique.
Day 1: History and Nature of the East
When driving by the northern route towards
Egilsstaðir, make sure to visit Sænautasel, a reconstructed turf farmhouse with
a fascinating story connected to the last eurption of the Askja volcano. Explore the city of Egilsstaðir and
head to the Hengifoss waterfall, surrounded with basaltic formations - is a
sight you dont want to miss. Next, drive to the centre of culture and history -
Skriðuklaustur Monastery, which is a historical site with the ruins of a 16th
century monastery, revealed in an archeaological excavation in the years
take a walk in Hallormstaður, which is the largest forest in Iceland and try to
spot a reindeer in the surroundings, as East of Iceland is the only place these
beautiful animals reside.
Day 2: The Fjords
Venture out to the Eastern fjords. Seyðisfjörður is a
great place to visit not only for its spectacular views and a truly cosy
atmosphere, but also for its flourishing art and cultural scene. The Borgarfjörður Eystri region is a paradise for bird
watchers, where excellent facilities provide an opportunity to spot up to
twenty species at once.
On your way back to the city, visit Húsey a
picturesque place situated between two glacial rivers with access to rich wildlife.
Don’t miss stopping by Geirstaðakirkja, which is a beautiful little turf church
with its ruins dating back to a thousand years ago.
Day 3: Hiking in paradise
The East of Iceland offers
endless hiking opportunities for beginners and the more advanced. It is
recommended to dedicate a day to explore these spectacular areas on foot, far
into the untouched nature. A trip to the Kárahnjúkar dam as well as Hafrahvamma-
and Dimmugljúfur canyons is one such option, but many others can be
accommodated with a help of many local guides.