East Iceland is full of rugged plains and mountainous fjords where farmers, fishermen, artists and foreigners all contribute to the diversity of the region. If you want to see what is known as one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland, go to Borgarfjörður eystri. Here you will find peace and quiet, hundreds of puffins and beautiful walking trails. The main ferry port is at Seyðisfjörður, a pretty little town surrounded by high mountains and home to the art festival LungA held annually. This is a spectacular welcome to Iceland if you are coming with the ferry from Europe. East Iceland also has many waterfalls, and the beautiful Hengifoss is close to Egilsstaðir. Discover organic farming at Vallanes or visit the country’s largest natural forest at Hallormsstaðir.
East Iceland is made up of many fjords, each with its own stunning beauty. The roads leading to Neskaupstaðir, Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður give some panoramic views that will make you dizzy. The Petra’s Stone Collection in Stöðvarfjörður is an impressive private collection of semi-precious stones and other gems. If you like eggs or anything egg-shaped, take a look at the harbour in Djúpivogur where you can see 34 eggs lined up along the harbour wall.
East Iceland is the only region in Iceland where you will find Iceland’s largest mammal, the shy reindeer. You might see some on your way to Kárahnjúkar hydro-electric dam in the highlands or when you visit the Wilderness Centre.
The great dimensions of the east fjords are unforgettable. High mountains, deep valleys, endless waterfalls can all be seen in the panoramic views of East Iceland.