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My husband and I recently celebrated his 50th birthday and took an 8-day "Aurora Hunters" small group tour in Iceland in February. Iceland is a stunning country and so very raw. It was a privilege to see. Snow, ice, mountains and valleys formed and sculpted by volcanic activity, glaciers, waterfalls and the "NORTHERN LIGHTS"!!!!!!!!! Yes, we were lucky to see these on two nights and whilst the activity was only medium, we were enchanted. The photos have turned out well and we have been showing these off to friends and family! The tour was well organised and our guide Jon was great. We really had a sense that he was invested in showing his homeland off to us and ensuring we had the best experiences. We was a wealth of knowledge. We enjoyed all the add-on activities. We will be back! Like Carol, we would recommend the purchase of slip on spikes for your shoes unless of course you come from a country/city/town where snow and ice are regular events. They certainly made us feel more confident on our feet!!
What an amazing trip. Our guide, Orri, was one of the best that I have ever experienced. A wealth of information and knowledge and an excellent driver in the difficult Icelandic winter weather. Our group of 14 was always comfortable in van and always had an excellent view of the countryside,regardless of where we sat. The 8 day excursion was well planned and executed. Lodging and breakfasts were al top notch, and well appreciated at the end of each fun filled day. A must trip when visiting Iceland in the winter. Saw the northern lights 3 nights out of 7....SIMPLY OUTSTANDING.. Thanks again, Orri...!
This tour was amazing! you get to see glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, and beaches all around Iceland. And you get to try different activities, like riding an Icelandic horse, go on a boat, go hiking in the glacier or go into the hot spring while looking at the snowy mountain. I think this is the best way to see Iceland outside of Reykjavik. and thank you my guide Alex, for making this tour awesome.
I went on this tour recently, and I loved it! Iceland is a stunning country and I feel like this tour was very comprehensive and showed us all of the highlights of the country in winter. All of the sights are absolutely beautiful, especially the waterfalls. Our guide (Eythor) was great, he was friendly and attentive, and obviously very knowledgeable about the country. He went the extra mile for us and made some extra stops along the way so we could enjoy some more sights/landscapes . He also told us lots of Icelandic stories/folklore. Great experience.
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 >
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.