Eastfjords Tours
Experience the majestic Eastfjords of Iceland with this diverse selection of tours, self-drive itineraries and multi-day vacation packages. You will discover the region’s fantastical mountain peaks, sweeping fjord, herds of wild reindeer, quaint fishing villages and rugged coastlines.

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Eastfjords Tours

Experience the majestic Eastfjords of Iceland with this diverse selection of tours, self-drive itineraries and multi-day vacation packages. You will discover the region’s fantastical mountain peaks, sweeping fjord, herds of wild reindeer, quaint fishing villages and rugged coastlines.
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Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package

Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over ten days, you will take a guided circle tour of the highlights of Iceland, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Lake Mývatn area, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle. None who want to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland should overlook this opportunity. The guided tour comes with a clear itinerary, meaning you barely need to organise a thing. It is also conducted in a comfortable minibus, making your journey as cosy and intimate as possible and taking away any fears of driving on Iceland’s icy roads. Other than the 8 full days of guided adventure, all transfers and accommodation will be sorted for you, including the return airport transfer and 2 nights of stay in the capital. There are no hidden costs upon arrival; all arrangements are included in the price, and the Blue Lagoon can easily be added. Joining this tour could not, therefore, be any easier. You will head counter-clockwise around Iceland, seeing its South Coast, Eastfjords, dramatic northern territories, and the incredible West, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Not only will you get to see Iceland’s most famous sites, but this package will take you to hidden places very few know about, so you can experience the vastness of the empty nature in peace. Furthermore, you can add adventure to the trip, by opting to take excursions while booking; it is possible to glacier hiking, whale watching, horse riding, lava caving, and to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave. All these excursions are available to you at a special discounted rate, should you elect to add them to your holiday upon booking. By using this great opportunity, you can not only make your holiday even more magical but save money at the same time.   Of course, as you are travelling in winter, when the days are short and nights are long, this tour presents many opportunities for you to see the Northern Lights. Due to the fact that you will spend time traversing very remote areas throughout the dark hours, with little light pollution, your chances are even greater. Immerse yourself in Iceland, by seeing as much of it as possible over ten days. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
28 reviews

Duration:
10 days
Available:
Aug. - Apr.
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8 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland with a focus on the South Coast

Take in the top spots of Iceland and more on this 8-day self-drive tour with a focus on the South Coast, where the most famous attractions of Iceland abound. Discover the natural beauty of the country as you travel around the Ring Road in a complete circle from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík; taking advantage of the longer days under the midnight sun. This itinerary is perfect for those who would love to see the full variety of landscapes and attractions Iceland has to offer while having the ability to go at your own pace.  Your tour will begin as soon as you land in Iceland. You won’t have to worry about transfers because you will pick up your car straight from the airport. Then for the next 8 days, you will explore this nation to the fullest. You will visit the must-see attractions around the Ring Road with an in-depth focus on the South Coast. You will begin with the famous Golden Circle; then head south stopping at the incredible waterfalls, pristine coast, staggering cliffs and black sand beaches.  You will visit the otherworldly Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs, before heading to the untouched Eastfjords. You will then make your way through the geothermal northeast of Iceland, then after stopping in the capital of the north, Akureyri, you will complete your circle, arriving back in Reykjavík. To make this trip even more memorable, you will be able to add extra activities when you book. You could visit the adored Blue Lagoon Spa, take a whale watching tour from Húsavík, go horse riding, hike a glacier, visit an ice cave or delve deep into a volcano. A massive benefit of this vacation is that your itinerary and accommodation are taken care of, so while you’re travelling around the country, you can focus on the sites that spark joy for you and not worry about the finer details. This road trip is a great way to get the most out of your stay in Iceland while still having the freedom to take things at your own pace. Revel in the natural wonders of Iceland bathed in the hues of the midnight sun, making for a truly unforgettable vacation. Don’t miss the chance to make a dream summer vacation in Iceland a reality. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 days
Available:
All year
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Take To The Wild! | Horse Riding Tour in East Iceland

Join this exciting horse riding into the wild lands of East Iceland and experience nature at its best. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those guests looking to experience the Icelandic countrysides by one of the most authentic means possible, on the saddle, as well as all those looking to meet this country's most famous four-legged resident.  Your tour will begin in east Iceland, at a peaceful hideaway, located right by the edge of the Highlands. This is the center point for tours in the region, as well as an active farm, home to sheep, dogs, and chickens. Here, you will be introduced to your friendly and experienced guide who will proceed to take you through the horse riding process step by step.  Fear not if you've never ridden before—all of the guides are passionate and qualified, and Icelandic horses have a reputation for their reliability and docile nature. Horses are chosen out specifically for each rider, and you will be provided with all of the necessary riding gear for your trip.  Icelandic horses hold a special place in the heart of the nation, having stood by the population through centuries of dark winters and social upheaval. Today, the isolation has kept the breed unique amongst horses, so much so that any horse that leaves the island can never return. Icelandic horses are known for their small, pony-like size, durability to the cold and their five unique tolts.  When you are finally ready to begin your adventure, you'll clamber atop your noble steed and take off into some of the most beautiful countrysides in Iceland. With distant mountainscapes, trickling glacial rivers, cascading waterfalls and steep cliff sides, this will be a horse ride that you'll never forget. The pace of this tour is a gentle gallop, meaning you will have plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and appreciate your gorgeous surroundings.  As an added extra, most guests on this tour like to try their hand at the traditional cableway over the glacial river, Jökulsá, winching themselves across the water in what promises to be one of the most exhilarating segments of the trip. At the end of your trip, you will return to the farm from where you are welcome to try some authentic Icelandic food at our homestyle restaurant or set out to explore some of the regions' many picturesque hiking trails. The choice is yours. So don't delay any longer! Hurry now, and you too can experience the joys of horse riding through Iceland's gorgeous and eclectic countryside. Check availability by choosing a date. 
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Duration:
3 hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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The Waterfall Trail | Hiking Day Tour in East Iceland

Come along on a hiking tour in the wilderness of Iceland with this fun-filled day tour and see the impressive waterfalls found in the glacial river Jökulsá. This is the perfect tour for those visiting East Iceland and want to get to know the stunning Icelandic nature. This tour starts a short drive away from Egilsstaðir town in East Iceland. You could also request to be picked up from your accommodations in East Iceland for an additional price. You will meet your guide at the edge of Northern Europe's largest wilderness, right next to the Jökulsá river. This long river boasts around 15 waterfalls, large and small. In fact, no other river in Iceland has as many waterfalls. The river’s vertical drop is also, impressively, around 600 meters in only 30 kilometres Before the hike starts, you will experience the visually stunning Wilderness Exhibition, about life and travels in and around the wilderness. The exhibition is designed by artists, historians, and filmmakers to make you feel as if you are stepping right into the past and being immersed into the adventures of the wilderness.  After you go through the exhibition, you head outside with your experienced guide to get a feeling for the wilderness first hand. The trail takes you to the abandoned farm of Kleif, and soon after you will catch sight of the lowest of the waterfalls.  Those of you who are brave at heart can try your hand at winching themselves across the Jökulsá river in a renovated traditional cableway cart. These kind of carts were a vital mode of transportation across the river before road improvements made the remote farms more accessible, particularly in winter.  As you walk along the glacier river, the beautiful falls begin to appear one after the other. As you continue, you will follow a marked trail through the woods of native birch.  At last, the hike will take you to Laugarfell Highland Hostel. Once you reach the hostel, you can take a relaxing bath in an outside pool of warm geothermal spring water. Don't miss out on this chance to experience the East Iceland wilderness at it's very best.  Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
9,5 hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Native Icelandic Adventure | Sheep Round-Up in East Iceland

September is the month when the farmers start to gather the sheep from the mountains where they roam free in summer. The sheep is brought home in an event called the Roundup, to Réttir, a structure created especially for this happening, where every farm can find their sheep by earmark or number.  This is one of the oldest traditions in Iceland, - and you'll get to join! On this three-day tour, you will stay at Álfheimar Country Hotel, in Borgarfjörður `Eystri,  a small fishing village surrounded by picturesque mountains. The local living program will give you the opportunity to taste the local food from the farmers and the fisherman and also get to know a little about life in the village, both today and in the near past.  The area of Borgarfjörður Eystri is known for their spectacular mountain landscape and coastal area where most of the sheep will be found. You'll travel to the wilderness with the locals, while looking for the sheep, away from roads and hiking paths. And, as the roundups take place in September, the Northern lights might make an appearance in the night sky. This incredible off-the-grid, immersive cultural experience will give you a unique insight into Icelandic country living, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the natives in this yearly event. Come and experience the foundations of Icelandic culture in the romantic and exciting countryside of Borgarfjörður Eystri. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
3 days
Available:
Sep. - Oct.
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Magical Fjords & Mountains | 3-Day Hiking in East Iceland

Get away from the city life and escape to the Wilderness. This three-day east Iceland hiking tour, led by local guides, will turn your travel into veritable highlands experience. It is not only a hiking tour but a way to get to know a little about local living in a fishing village of only about one hundred inhabitants. This hiking tour is an active and unique experience with each day full of new adventures, and evenings of local cooking at Álfheimar Country Hotel. No dormitories or wet clothes, just warm and nice rooms and local hospitality. In this tour you'll get a taste of local living, getting closer to the roots of the people that inhabit one of the most rural areas of Iceland - the Eastfjords. This isolated region is considered to be the central province of the Hidden People, or the elves. Their queen resides in her fortress Álfaborg, just beside the village of Bakkagerði. The imposing Borgarfjörður Eystri mountains display the entire colour spectrum of volcanic rhyolite deposits. At their feet lies the ocean, with crashing waves and hordes of seabirds calling – a truly stunning location to visit. You will get to know local people in their homes and learn about their traditions and way of life while enjoying their hospitality, the fresh local food and their knowledge of the area. Come and listen to stories, explore nature, share the Icelandic passion for life and the land – and feel that you have become a part of it all. Grab your backpack and come along to experience nature at its purest. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 days
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Nature Awakes | 3-Day Spring Experience in East Iceland

Experience Iceland at its heart, and spend the spring days at a farm in the Eastfjords. This tour gives you a chance to be a part of the locals, and live as they have done throughout the ages during the most rewarding time of the year: The lambing season. The midnight sun will give you bright nights of solitude and stillness, but then nature wakes up, sun coming up in the middle of the fjord and little lambs coming to the world - and you get to be there to greet them. How much you like to be involved is your choice but we do recommend at least a cuddle! At Brekkubær farm, farmer Ásgeir Arngrímsson and his family will guide you through the spring chores, and you are welcome to help with the more adorable tasks, such as bottle feeding lambs and assisting them in latching.  We love the outdoors in spring, with tiny lambs taking their first steps and the birdlife in full swing, making their nest and lying on their eggs. You can take a walk by the cost or up in the mountains or visit the puffins in Hafnarhólmi area. The evening sun could bring you a perfect light for your photos of this spectacular bird.  Borgarfjörður Eystri is known for great hiking trails and if the conditions are favourable, you could head out for a short hike in the mountains.  You will stay at Álfheimar Country Hotel during this tour. If you like to stay longer, just let us know, and we'll do all we can to accommodate your request. The hotel has a small restaurant on premises that serves food sourced locally, but all meals are included in this tour.  Come and see spring awaken in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
3 days
Available:
May. - Jun.
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Hiking with Elves | Borgarfjordur Eystri 5-Day Trekking Tour

Explore the remote east and join us on this 5-day hiking and trekking tour in Borgafjörður eystri fjord, east Iceland. This area is renowned for its gorgeous landscapes and serene atmosphere, due to its remote location.  Colourful, imposing mountains slope down to the magnificent coastline, giving the vicinity of Borgarfjörður a natural beauty that makes many people consider it as one of the country´s prettiest areas. Bird watching is a frequent pastime on these routes, and side-tracks will take you to now-abandoned inlets that tell us the story of a past far removed from mobile phones and Google data. You'll join local guides and be part of local living in a small fishing village. If you love coastal walks and mountain atmosphere, then this is your dream tour. The trails in this hiking paradise include incredible day hikes such as Stórurð, Brúnavík and Breiðuvík. Borgarfjörður eystri is also a spiritual place to visit, and the area known for folklore and stories of the Hidden People, and the strength of Vættir, the spirits of the land.  Each day you will be offered a hike, varying in length, but usually between five to seven hours.  The tempo will be relaxed, as the plan is not to be home early, but to enjoy the journey, and stop in different places to learn about the history and nature of the surroundings. Each day offers a new path, ranging from mountain roads to coastal walks, and each trail is tailored with heavy input from local farmers, making sure no hidden gem goes unvisited.  Throughout your tour, you will be staying in Álfheimar Country Hotel, where you can relax in the evenings, and enjoy a true country atmosphere, and enjoy local culinary treats in the tiny on-site restaurant. Don't let this fantastic opportunity to get in touch with nature pass you by. Come and hike in the solitude of Borgarfjörður eystri. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
5 days
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Authentic Iceland | 2 Day Highlands Country Summer Experience

Come and dive into the Icelandic summer! On this tour, you will experience a compelling mix of activity, history and great food in an authentic environment.  You will encounter fascinating nature, sleep in an authentic, renovated farmhouse, ride the friendly Icelandic horse, and feel the excitement while being hand-pulled across a glacial river in a cableway cart. You will also visit the nearby highlands with their beautiful mountains, deep canyons, lakes, and hot springs.  Our kitchen will give you the experience of eating a home cooked meal made from locally sourced ingredients and traditional Icelandic food. While you wait for the meal, you can speak with your hosts as they prepare the food in an open kitchen. Our wilderness museum is a visually stunning, interactive experience. The experience extends both indoors and outdoors. It is designed by historians, filmmakers, and artists to make you feel like you are a part of the life and travels in and next to the extensive and intriguing Icelandic Wilderness. Active experiences are an integral part of this tour. Riding the Icelandic horse is a nature experience no one should miss out on. And to cross a glacier river in a cableway cart is a unique activity rooted in local history and tradition.    We will stop and visit our neighbour who has the last farm in Iceland to keep all their sheep in traditional hoses of turf and stone to this day.  After, we visit the Vatnajökull National park exhibition where you will learn about the environment and the nature of this highland national park.  We also take a hike up towards the waterfalls Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. It is a fairly easy walk and very rewarding. Besides the stunning waterfalls, we will also have a fabulous view over the surrounding valley.  Make the most of your time in Iceland and book an authentic experience at the edge of Northern Europ's most extensive wilderness. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2 days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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4-Day Northern Lights Hunting Tour in East Iceland

Step off the beaten track and stay at a hotel in the far-flung countryside, only 5 minutes drive away from the small village of Breiðdalsvík.  Each day you can hike through untouched nature and marvel at incredible geological formations or take an optional reindeer trekking tour with an expert local guide. In the evenings, you can relax in the Finnish-style sauna at Hotel Staðarborg or cuddle up with a good book by the hotel’s cosy fireplace.  On your first night, you will be taken out by a local guide, scouting for the Northern Lights. Your guide will take you out with a Super Jeep to find the most picturesque sites with the best chances for Northern Lights sightings and tell you all about those magical lights as well as some local myths and legends.   In this remote corner of the world, far away from all light pollution, the Aurora shine more brightly in the night sky. Note that if weather conditions do not permit Northern Lights viewing, then this activity will be moved to another night.  This tour package is ideal for those who are driving the ring road and want some extra time in the beautiful East fjords of Iceland, or if you are coming East by flight, a rental car can be arranged for an additional charge.  Over the next days, you will be able to explore the nearby area at your own pace, sightseeing, hiking and getting to know the local life. For those days, you will receive a map of the area with interesting sights, as well as an itinerary with suggestions on what to do in each town along the fjords.  Take this chance for a perfect, relaxing getaway where the beautiful Icelandic nature is at the forefront of your experience. Book your Northern Lights experience in Iceland today. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
4 days
Available:
Jan. - Apr.
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Spring Awakens | 4 Day Unique Adventure in the Wilderness

Have an authentic spring experience on a farm in the Icelandic Highlands and take an active part in this magical season of new life with local farmers in East Iceland. You will collect eggs, lay fish nets, experience the lambing season, get to know the Icelandic horse, experience local food, and visit the seals at the black beaches Héraðssandur. You'll also enjoy the locally sourced food and the authentic accommodations in this remote and peaceful valley. Right at the start of the tour, we take on an easy hike by beautiful canyons on the way to Hengifoss waterfall, the most famous attraction in East Iceland.    We also visit two fascinating exhibitions. At the Vatnajökull National Park visitor centre, you will learn about the nature and environment of the area, and at the Wilderness Center, you will immerse your self in the life and adventures of those living and travelling in and next to the Icelandic wilderness. Every detail has been crafted by artists, historians, and filmmakers for an authentic experience.  The great thing about this tour is all the different things you get to experience as a part of the spring work on a functioning farm. We will visit the farmers and witness the lively activities during lambing season. We lay down fishing nets with a local farmer and check on the later. There will be a chance to scout for reindeer and look out for seals with their young once as well as view the cute puffins nesting in Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord.  On this tour, you will have countless chances to taste our locally sourced food and traditional Icelandic dishes and the last night of the journey there is a feast of with music and storytelling.    To add a little action, you will be able to choose to ride the friendly Icelandic horse or a mountain bike to the restored cable box that used to be used as transportation across the glacier river. Once there, you can try your hand at this special transportation.  Come and experience the wonder of Icelandic spring. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
4 days
Available:
May
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Days of Darkness | 5 Day Winter Experience in East Iceland

This 5-day tour offers an authentic experience where nature meets with history and local culture. Enjoy the adventurous interactive exhibitions and hot springs, sleep in a museum, taste local delicacy and explore the wilderness with experienced guides.  This tour will take you to the stunning Hengifoss waterfall, the most recognised attraction in East Iceland and during the hike you get the added benefit of seeing Litlanesfoss waterfall, surrounded by impressive basalt pillars. We will also search for the serpent monster living in lake Lagarfljót.  At the Wilderness Center, the innermost farm of the valley, you will sleep in a museum and enjoy the meticulously crafted exhibitions that stretches through every nook and cranny of the premises, indoors and outdoors. The exhibition tells the story of life and travel in and next to Northern Europe’s most extensive wilderness.  You will see impressive canyons, deserted highland plains, many beautiful waterfalls, and towering mountains. At Laugarfell highland hostel you will spend a night as well as enjoying their natural hot springs and listen to the adventures of past explorers of the wilderness.  The tour has a great blend of adventure and culture. We will take you to Valþjófsstaður local church where we see an old silent film about the famous outlaw; Fjalla-Eyvindur, or Eyvindur of the Mountains. Afterwards, we hike to the abandoned farm of Kleif, and those who are adventurous at heart can experience the thrill of crossing a 50-meter-wide river canyon in a renovated cable ferry.  During the entire tour, you will be enjoying locally sourced food and traditional Icelandic meals and snacks. On the 4th day, there will be a feast where locals and guests come together and prepare food from local ingredients and talk about Icelandic food traditions.  On the last day the journey takes you to Akureyri visiting Möðrudalur highland farm. On the way, you will be treated to a view of the stunning Queen of the Icelandic mountains; Mt Herðubreið. Before reaching Akureyri, we also stop at Lake Mývatn and take a dip in the Geothermal Nature Baths and lastly stopping at Goðafoss waterfall. 

Duration:
5 days
Available:
Apr. - Nov.
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Authentic Iceland - Winter

This tour offers a compelling mix of activity, history, mythology and great food in a traditional Icelandic environment. Experience the magnificent nature, ride the friendly Icelandic horse, sleep in an authentic, renovated farmhouse and feel your adrenaline flow while being hand-pulled across a glacial river in a cable trolley. Our wilderness museum is an enjoyable, visually stunning, interactive experience both indoors and outdoors designed by filmmakers, artists, and historians to give you the sensation that you are a part of the life and travels in and close to the extensive Icelandic Wilderness. In our kitchen, you will get the experience of eating a home cooked meal of locally sourced ingredients and traditional Icelandic food. While waiting for the meal you can speak with your hosts while they prepare the food in the open kitchen. We will visit our neighbor who has the last farm in Iceland to still keep all their sheep in traditional hoses of turf and stone. Afterward, we visit the Vatnajökull National park exhibition where you can learn about the environment and the nature of the area. The hike up towards the waterfalls Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss is fairly easy as well as rewarding. Besides the stunning waterfalls we will see, there is also a fabulous view over the surrounding valley. If the luck is with us, we may also find some reindeer on our journey of these two days. The reindeer in Iceland only live here in East Iceland and winter is the best time to see them.    On clear nights, you can also marvel at magnificent stars or northern lights from our uniquely primitive, yet well-equipped star observation hut. In the open roof hut, we will have wool blankets hot chocolate and a campfire to keep us warm and cozy while making use of a great telescope stargazing.

Duration:
2 days
Available:
April
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13 Day Northern Lights Package | Guided Tours to the Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland on this 13-day winter package that will take you around the island to the country's most famous destinations such as Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Lake Mývatn, as well as a few hidden gems. This holiday is perfect for those who wish to discover a winter wonderland at a relaxed pace without having to worry about driving in icy conditions. After you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, your pre-organised airport transfer will deliver you to your hotel in Reykjavík. You will then have a full day to recharge after your flight and to visit one of the top spas in the world, the Blue Lagoon. Fully rested and ready for adventure, you will embark on an expertly guided 8-day minibus tour around the famous Ring Road which will also include the well-loved Golden Circle route as well as a day on the spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula. Every evening your accommodation will be taken care of and you can choose to enrich your days with action-packed adventures that you can decide upon as you make your booking. These include horse riding, snowmobiling, glacier hiking and even the chance to enter an ice cave inside a glacier! As well as daily opportunities to search the skies for the alluring and elusive Northern Lights, there will be several opportunities to unwind in geothermal pools and hot springs. Once you have circled the island, familiarise yourself with the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík. You will have two whole days to fill with a choice of exciting activities such as a day trip up to the Highlands in a super jeep or a geothermal helicopter tour. Even if you would rather just relax in Reykjavík, this winter tour presents you with no lack of choice. Discover Iceland in all its winter glory and book this vacation package today! This is one of the most popular winter excursions available, so wrap up warm and hop on. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2 reviews

Duration:
13 days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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East Iceland's Nature and Culture | Super Jeep Day Tour

Soak up the history, culture and nature of east Iceland with this personalised and all-encompassing tour exploring some of the best highlights and landmarks within the region. This is the perfect tour choice for travellers looking to blend their tour experience, balancing sightseeing with cultural education.  This day tour was carefully crafted by local residents, ensuring that you will see only the best highlights east Iceland has to offer and you will even catch a truly intimate glimpse into the life of east Icelanders by visiting one of their homes. You will undertake this journey in a sturdy 4x4 Jeep, the only vehicle capable of traversing some of the rough terrain taken on this route. Attention is taken to make sure that this tour is taken slowly, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the landscapes through which you'll be travelling.  Throughout the tour, you'll journey through the gorgeous surroundings of Austurland, pass by waterfalls, cascading rivers and sweeping hills and mountains. Your learned and experienced guide will point out interesting landmarks along the way, answer any questions you may have and present you with the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the environment.   You will make a stop and stroll through the scenic Meleyri black sand beach, hike waterfall trails and, if all goes well, see a herd of wild reindeer.  You will visit the small village of  Breiðdalsvík, home to approximately 150 people and explore an abandoned fishing settlement, for a strange and eerie experience. Other highlights include the Reyðarfjörður Fjord and an old, turf-roofed farmstead surrounded by wildflowers.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the beautiful nature and deep local culture of east Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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Northern Lights in East Iceland

Experience the vivid treasures of the cosmos with this unforgettable tour, hunting the Aurora Borealis in Iceland’s darkened wilderness. This tour is perfect for anyone who has never witnessed this spacetime spectacular, as well as those looking to recapture the magic of their first sighting. East Iceland is an area largely undeveloped and is, therefore, home to wide expanses of wilderness and clear night skies unburdened by light pollution.  You will depart from the small town of Breiðdalsvík, travelling by Super Jeep to wild areas inaccessible to other less capable vehicles. Your driver will navigate the Super Jeep, all the while keeping his eyes on the skies, looking out for the shimmering ribbons of solar flares. As your journey progresses, your experienced and knowledgeable driver will be eager to teach you the science and cultural history of this rare, natural phenomenon, as well as answer any questions you might have. When you finally arrive at a destination that looks promising, the Northern Lights will reveal themselves to you in a spectacle that defies the imagination. For enthusiastic photographers, this is truly an experience not to be missed. Shimmering lights—from neon green and scarlet to white and purple—will dance across the nighttime sky in a miraculous display that defies the imagination. It is no wonder that people in ancient times believed the Northern Lights to be the spirits of their ancestors; the elegance of their movement is truly a sight that boggles the mind. So don’t delay, hop aboard this spectacular Super Jeep sightseeing tour to experience the miracle of the Northern Lights yourself. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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Tröllakrókar Canyon | Super Jeep Sightseeing Tour

Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime with this exciting super jeep sightseeing tour exploring the dramatic landscape of Tröllakrókar Canyon. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for travelers looking for a personal experience, with smaller tour groups and the chance to see some of east Iceland’s best natural attractions. You will begin your trip by jumping into a modified 4x4 super jeep, the only vehicle capable of traversing the rough, icy terrain of Breiðdalsheiði heath and Þrándarjökull Glacier. Moving across the highlands of east Iceland, you will be privy to an incredible plethora of scenery; snowy mountains, and sweeping cliff-faces. You’ll find yourself awestruck by the sheer beauty and variety of the surrounding environment. Throughout your journey, your highly experienced guide will be eager to share with you his stories and knowledge of the region, pointing out interesting natural landmarks and answering any questions you may have.  On your way to Þrándarjökull Glacier, you will make a quick stop at Bjarnahýði mountain hut, a favorite hangout for local mountaineers. From there, you will head to the glacier, discovering for yourself one of the natural icy playgrounds so characteristic of Iceland’s environment. For much of the tour, you will find yourself pelting across this snowy expanse. From the glacier, you’ll head to Tröllakrókar Canyon (literally translated to “Hooks of the Trolls”). Here, you’ll be amazed by the fascinating geological sculptures, naturally created over the many years of Iceland’s volcanic formation. So too will you be stunned by the sheer scale of the scenery around you; the canyons’ cliff sides seem to tower over the super jeep, creating an imposing and dramatic effect.  Don't delay exploring Tröllakrókar Canyon on your holiday with this scenic and exhilarating super jeep sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
12 hours
Available:
Feb. - Apr.
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Mt. Kistufell | Super Jeep Winter Safari

Conquer the mountains with this fantastic Super Jeep safari and treck through the eclectic landscapes of east Iceland, all the way to the summits of the giant Mt. Kistufell. This tour should not be missed by any avid mountaineers staying in the wild and beautiful East.  This adventure is an excellent opportunity for those guests looking for an expertly guided, but more personalised, experience exploring the landscapes of the East. Private tour options are also available for those seeking a truly intimate guided tour.  To undertake this tour, you will be positioned in the backseat watching the gorgeous scenery from the window as your friendly and knowledgeable guide navigates the snowy mountain pass of Breiðdalsheiði heath. These roads can only be ventured via a capable 4x4 Super Jeep, so know that you're in good hands as your driver takes you through these pristine vistas. As you relax, snapping photographs from the window, your guide will be eager to share with you the history, geological makeup and culture of the region. From Breiðdalsheiði, you will drive down into an expanse of moorlands, the perfect landscape to feel a true connection to the surrounding nature. Finally, you will reach Mt. Kistufell, the pinnacle of your tour. Standing at 1115 m (3650 ft) above sea level, your Super Jeep will effortlessly move across the frozen tundra, reaching new heights and revealing a panoramic view that’s bound to take your breath away.  From the perspective of Kistufell, you will be able to overlook the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier, the iconic Mt. Snæfell, Mt. Herðubreið, Mt. Kverkfjöll, Þrándarjökull glacier and across the wide expanse of Breiðdalur Valley. There is no place better to see the highlights of east Iceland in all their glory. This corner of the country is a dramatic expanse, barely touched since the days of the first Viking settlers over a millennium ago.  Book now and you too can reach new heights with this exciting Super Jeep safari to the beautiful Mt. Kistufell. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Feb. - Apr.
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Streiti Coast | Super Jeep Sightseeing Tour

Discover the mythology, the back-trails and the eclectic landscapes of the Streiti Coast by partaking in this Super Jeep sightseeing tour. This is the perfect opportunity for guests to get a more personal, intimate experience whilst exploring this beautiful stretch of East Iceland. You will take this tour from the backseat, while your knowledgeable and friendly guide navigates the craggy back roads in a modified 4x4 super jeep. As you drive off-road through sweeping canyons and rushing river beds, your guide will be eager to point out interesting landmarks and share with you the history and culture of the region. Make sure not to forget your camera; the passing scenery is too picturesque not to take a snapshot. As you head to your first destination, you will stop off a traditionally rural Icelandic church, an excellent opportunity to learn more about the folklore of the region. Following the river, you will arrive at the first major stop on your tour, the hidden waterfall Beljandi, a true gem amidst an already beautiful landscape. The waterfall is uncharacteristic of other waterfalls in Iceland, due to how low and wide it stretches. Whilst here, you will be surrounded by a ring of snow-peaked mountains and rolling farmland. From the waterfall, you will drive south of the valley to a peninsula characterised by its steep cliff faces. Here, you will take a thirty-minute hike down the rocky Streiti shoreline. Following a marked trail, you will have excellent views of the Streitishvarf Lighthouse and truly be able to appreciate the geological variety and majesty of your environment; they don’t call it the land of ice and fire for nothing. Book now and you too can explore the backcountry of East Iceland by Super Jeep. Rugged shorelines, cascading waterfalls and cultural landmarks all await. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Reindeer Safari | East Fjords Super Jeep Adventure

Escape to the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Iceland’s East Fjords to see wild reindeer in their natural habitat. This tour is the perfect escape for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts everywhere, with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of Iceland’s most beloved residents. You will be picked up from your accommodation in either Breiðdalsvík or Egilsstaðir and quickly whisked away into the dramatic natural beauty of the East fjords. Along the way, you will foster a deep and lasting connection with the Icelandic nature, enjoying sweeping views of snow-streaked mountains, deep gullies, cascading rivers and picturesque waterfalls. Though stunning, you’ll wonder how any sentient creature could live out here full time. Well, you have yet to meet the Reindeer... Reindeer were imported to Iceland from Norway in the 18th century in the interest of cultivating their meat and hides. However, Icelandic people were not as prone to reindeer husbandry as their native Scandinavian cousins, and the animals were left undomesticated and free to roam the wilderness. Today, reindeer can only be found in East Iceland, inhabiting from the vast expanse around Snæfell to as far as the glacier lagoon. During the summer months, reindeer tend to stay at higher elevations, moving down to grassier lowlands during the winter to feed. Sightings are best when the reindeer migrate to and from the valley. Led by a local specialist guide, this 4-hour tour is a safe opportunity for a personal wilderness experiences. By tracking wild reindeer, you will get to know the lives of these extraordinary animals and the methods in which they master the harsh northern climate. You’ll also be able to acquire some excellent photographs of the animals. So what are you waiting? Hurry now to maximise your stay in East Iceland and you too can experience the majesty of a wild reindeer herd, living against the backdrop of some gorgeous, rugged scenery. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Oct. - Jun.
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Breiddalur Highlights | Super Jeep Sightseeing Tour

Delve further into the history and culture of east Iceland with this Super Jeep tour, exploring the many rustic highlights of Breiðdalsvík valley. This tour is the perfect option for those travellers to Iceland seeking a deeper and more educative experience during their stay. Breiðdalsvík is a peaceful and beautiful corner of east Iceland; it is a region of historic grass-roofed farmsteads, unbridged rivers and plummeting waterfalls. In true Viking spirit, you will traverse through this fragile landscape in a Super Jeep, a modified vehicle capable of taking on the loose gravel roads and crossing the trickling rivers. You will begin your tour by driving into Breiðdalsvík valley, crossing an old bridge from where you look down into the crystal clear waters of the river canyon below. Following that, it’s time to drive off road - your friendly and experienced guide will navigate the treacherous backpasses, leading your group to the stunning waterfall, Beljandi. Next up is a short drive to your next destination, this time the waterfall Flögufoss. To get the best perspective of the cascading water (and the best position for snapping photographs) you will hike a short distance to the waterfall. It is then time to explore the history and culture of the region. You will be driven to a historic farmstead called Jórvík where you will see first-hand how many Icelanders lived during the 19th and 20th century. In summer, the farmstead is made all the more beautiful by a wealth of blossoming flowers. To bring your tour to a close, you will make a final stop at one of the region’s cultural landmarks, the local church Heydalir. The original building was constructed in 1856, but mysteriously burnt down in the late 20th century. Your guide will take the opportunity here to teach you further about the history of the region. Enjoy the natural and cultural depth of East Iceland fully with this eclectic Super Jeep tour, visiting waterfalls, historical sites and urban landmarks. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
All year
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3 days
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Jun. - Sep.
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About the Eastfjords

Despite being one of the lesser-visited regions in Iceland, the Eastfjords is brimming with fantastic natural attractions worthy of any visitor’s time. From Iceland’s largest national forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur to Lake Lagarfljót and the region’s biggest town, Egilsstaðir, the Eastfjords is a must-see while visiting Iceland. 

1. What is there to see in the Eastfjords?

The biggest attractions found in the Eastfjords include the dramatic peaked mountain, Vestrahorn, Iceland’s largest national forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and the stunning Lake Lagarfljót, said to be home to an enormous Wyrm-like monster. Visitors can also discover the region’s biggest town, Egilsstaðir nestled among the fjords.

2. How long does it take to travel to the Eastfjords from Reykjavik? 

If travelling clockwise, it will take approximately eight hours by car to reach Egilsstaðir from Reykjavik. If travelling counter-clockwise, you will arrive in the town of Höfn after around six hours.

3. Are there tours from the capital Reykjavik to the Eastfjords region?

Yes, there are a variety of multi-day tours and self-drive itineraries that allow you to visit the Eastfjords, both during the summer and winter months. 

4. Are the roads easy to drive in the East region? Are they accessible in winter?

Yes, roads in the Eastfjords are easy to drive upon and, for the most part, are accessible during the winter months. Always be sure, however, to check the weather and road conditions before setting out on your road trip and consider the weather forecasts when planning a trip to the East in the East in the colder months.

5. What sights and activities does Egilsstaðir offer?

Guests to the Eastfjord’s biggest town could pay a visit to East Iceland Heritage Museum, Hengifoss waterfall or the ancient Skriðuklaustur manor estate. Those looking to bathe could visit the luxurious Vok Baths or Egilsstaðir swimming pool. There also plenty of nearby hiking trails.

6. Is it possible to travel to the Eastfjords by ferry?

Travellers from Europe can catch the MS Norröna which travels between Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Seyðisfjörður is best known for its rainbow street and the iconic blue church in Iceland which takes its place in the town centre. There are, as yet, no internal ferries that take you to the East Coast from other parts of Iceland.

7. How can I find reindeer in the Eastfjords?

Finding herds of wild reindeer can be difficult and dependant on the season. During the winter months, the reindeer tend to remain closer to the coast where there are better opportunities to graze, while the summer sees them move to higher elevations. They can often be seen from Vopnafjördur in the North, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the South.

8. What is the weather like in the Eastfjords?

The East Fjords are the sunniest region in Iceland. With that being said, Iceland’s weather is seasonal and unpredictable, meaning travellers should always pack appropriately before heading out sightseeing. In winter, it is also normal for the Eastfjords to see considerable amounts of snow.

9. When is the best time to visit the Eastfjords?

Though it can be visited year-round, as it sits just by the ring road, the best time to visit the Eastfjords is in summer. This is because the weather is generally better and therefore you will be able to explore more of the remote areas in Eastern Iceland. In summer there are also plenty of events taking place in the Eastfjords, including the Lunga Arts Festival. In winter, the East Fjords in Iceland become coated in snow, with the northern lights often displaying brightly in the sky.

10. How big are the Eastfjords?

In total, the Eastfjords cover an area of 22,721 square kilometres (8,773 square miles). The region’s coastline stretches 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Berufjörður to the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri, in the North.

11. Is it possible to camp in Hallormsstaðaskógur National Forest?

Yes, Hallormsstaðaskógur has two camping grounds, making it a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike during the summer. These camping grounds are Atlavík, situated in the forest itself, and Höfðavík, which is at a higher elevation.

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About The Eastfjords 

Approximately 3.2% of Iceland’s 350,000 population live in the Eastfjords, otherwise referred to as East Iceland or ‘Austurland’.

Despite its diminutive population size, the east of Iceland boasts some of the country’s most staggering scenery, from the dramatic Vestrahorn Mountain to the glittering Lagarfljót Lake. 

Thankfully, the Eastfjords are available to visit during both the winter and summer. 

Towns in the Eastfjords include Egilsstaðir—the largest settlement in the region–and Seyðisfjörður, the latter of which is home to approximately 700 people and surrounded by flat-top mountains, hiking trails and tumbling waterfalls.

Seyðisfjörður is also known for its traditional wooden architecture, heavily inspired by the Scandinavian style, and its once-booming herring industry. Both Seyðisfjörður and Egilsstaðir have a range of accommodation options, making them the perfect place to base oneself while exploring the Eastfjords. It takes approximately eight hours to drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, to Egilsstaðir, and a further twenty minutes to Seyðisfjörður. 

It should go without saying that the Eastfjords is among the most interesting of Iceland’s regions and contains some genuinely spectacular attractions. 

Said attractions include the hiker’s paradise and home to the “hidden folk”, Borgarfjörður eystri, Iceland’s most extensive valley Breiðdalur and the country’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðarskógur. During the summer, it is common for both visitors and locals to camp at Hallormsstaðarskógur. 

There is a range of lesser-visited attractions that make the Eastfjords so special. For instance, many guests are interested to see the volcanic wonder that is Víti Crater Lake, while others seem destined to visit the mighty 128-metre high waterfall, Hengifoss. The iconic, pyramid-shaped mountain Búlandstindur also makes a worthy stop, as does Stórurð, known otherwise as “The Giant Boulders”. 

The Eastfjords is also home to a number of fascinating islands, including Skrúður and Papey. Skrúður is best known for its 160-metre high basalt cliffs and rich birdlife, while Papey is named after the Gaelic monks that inhabited the island long before the Vikings ever did.

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