Eastfjords Tours

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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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 >

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.

Frequently asked questions

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, Hallormsstadaskogur, and the stunning Lake Lagarfljot, said to be home to an enormous wyrm-like monster. Visitors can also discover the region’s biggest town, Egilsstadir nestled among the fjords.

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

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

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. 

Are the roads easy to drive in the East region of Iceland? Are they accessible in winter?

Yes, roads in the Eastfjords are easy to drive on and, for the most part, are accessible during winter. Always be sure 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 colder months.

What sights and activities does Egilsstadir offer?

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

Is it possible to travel to the Eastfjords by ferry?

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

How can I find reindeer in the Eastfjords?

Finding herds of wild reindeer can be difficult and depends 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 Vopnafjordur in the North, and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in the South.

What is the weather like in the Eastfjords?

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

Is it possible to camp in Hallormsstadaskogur National Forest?

Yes, Hallormsstadaskogur has two camping grounds, making it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike during the summer. These camping grounds are Atlavik, situated in the forest itself, and Hofdavik, which is at a higher elevation.

When is the best time to visit the Eastfjords of Iceland?

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 in the Eastfjords, including the Lunga Arts Festival. In winter, the Eastfjords in Iceland become coated in snow, with the northern lights often displaying brightly in the sky.

How big are the Eastfjords?

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