Information about East Iceland

Stretching from the wide Eastfjords mountain range, set with many small fjords, through the fertile Fljotsdalsherad district and towards the highlands, East Iceland is a vast area of incredible nature, striking contrasts and fascinating history and culture.

East Iceland is characterised by a large number of fjords, surrounded by high villages. Fishing villages can be found by most of them.

From Seydisfjordur a ferryboat goes to Scandinavia, and the town also hosts the popular annual festival LungA. Neskaupsstadur features two highly popular annual festivals, Neistaflug and Eistnaflug, as well as being the home to a highly interesting museum and close to fascinating nature.

The main airport of East Iceland is in Egilsstadir, the largest town of the East and its main centre for service, transport and administration.

Further inland is the fertile agricultural district Fljotsdalsherad (see the link above). Natural birchwoods are in the area, the most famous being Hallormsstadaskogur, the largest forest in Iceland. Big rivers run through the district and by their estuaries many seals may be found.

Up in the mountains is also the Karahnjukar Hydroelectric Power Station, the construction of which led to hot debates and continues to do so. The station serves the aluminium smelter by Reydarfjordur.

The impressive mountain Snaefell is close by, Iceland's highest freestanding mountain. East of Snaefell is the highland oasis Eyjabakkar, one of the largest nesting place for the pink footed goose in the world.  

Of particular cultural note in Fljotsdalsherad is the cultural and history center Skriduklaustur. In the middle ages a monastery stood there, and in the 20th century, Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson lived there. Gunnar wrote such masterworks as Adventa (e. The Good Shepherd), Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs), Saga Borgaraettarinnar (Guest the One-Eyed, made into the Danish film Borgslægtens history in 1919) and the autobiographical novel cycle Fjallkirkjan ('The Church on the Mountain' published in English as Ships in the Sky and The Night and the Dream).

Other notable attractions of the beautiful Fljotadalsherad district, of which there are many, are listed under the Egilsstadir section.

Reindeer roam the mountains of East Iceland and a large number of migratory birds land near Hofn in  Hornafjordur, in the Southeast, on their way from Skotland, returning back to Scotland in late summer.

Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier stretches to the boarders of East Iceland.

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Attractions nearby East Iceland

Snæfell

  Snaefell, in the east of the Icelandic highlands,  is the highest freestanding mountain in the country. It is located within the vast Vat...

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Kárahnjúkavirkjun

Karahnjukavirkjun is a Hydropower plant in Eastern Iceland, designed to 4600 GWh annually to serve Alcoa's aluminium smelter east of Reydarfjordur...

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Eyjabakkar

Eyjabakkar is an oasis in the East Highlands of Iceland.  This is Iceland's second-largest wetland, the largest being Thjorsarver, itself a ...

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Herdubreið

  Herdubreid is a table mountain (Icelandic: 'stapi'), situated north of Vatnajokull in the deserted lava field of Odadahraun, the most ...

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Herðubreiðarlindir

Herdubreidarlindir is an oasis situated near Herdubreid mountain north of Vatnajokull glacier. The area features a campground and hiking trails and i...

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Askja

  Askja volcano is a vast caldera in a remote part of the easterly central highlands of Iceland, located in the Dyngjufjoll mountains. These m...

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Víti by Askja

Viti (meaning ‘Hell’!) is an explosion crater on the northeast shore of Oskjuvatn. The Viti crater is around 150 meters in diameter ...

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Dyngjufjöll

Dyngjufjoll is a volcanic mountain range in the lava field Odadahraun in the Icelandic highlands. The Askja caldera is situated in this mountain rang...

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Atlavik

Located in the east of Iceland, Atlavík is a small cove in Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, on the shores of the lake Lagarfljót....

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Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Jokulsa a Fjollum is a glacier river at the east of the vast Odadahraun lava field in the north-east of Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest ri...

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Hallormsstadaskogur

Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland's largest national forest, found in East Iceland near Egilsstaðir. The area is a famous for its plea...

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Möðrudalur

Modrudalur a Fjollum is the highest positioned farm in Iceland (469 m above sea level) and is located in the east highlands, north of Vatnajokull glac...

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Fjallabak

  Fjallabak may refer to two highland routes, South Fjallabaksleid or the North Fjallbaksleid. South Fjallabaksleid The South Fjallabaksleid (...

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Hornafjörður

Hornafjörður (“Fjord of Horns”) is a fjord, municipality and growing community found in southeast Iceland. The fjord takes its ...

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Eastjords

The Eastfjords of Iceland is a 120 km long stretch of coastline from Berufjörður, in the south, to the small fishing village of Borgarfj&ou...

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Vatnajokull

Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Iceland and the third largest glacier in Europe, covering 8% of the island's landmass. Vatnaj&ou...

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Almannaskarðsgöng

Almannaskarðsgöng is a 1312m (roughly 1.3km) tunnel along Route 1, located near Höfn (Hornafjörður) in the eastern region of Ic...

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Höfn

Hofn a Hornafirdi, is a fishing town in southeast Iceland, with a population of 1641 (as of 2011). It has a strong harbour and its main industries are...

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Djúpivogur

Djúpivogur is a small coastal village located on the Búlandsnes peninsula, nestled between the picturesque fjord, Hamarsfjörður...

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Þórbergssetur

Thorbergssetur, located in the remote region of Sudursveit in South-East Iceland, is a culture center and heritage museum dedicated to the history of ...

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Tours near East Iceland

The Deserted Fjords of East Iceland

Ride up and over the steep mountains, along the lush green valleys and race across the sandy......

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Storurd Hiking | Day tour

Explore one of East Iceland’s most scenic areas with this day tour to the mystical and unique......

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Breiðdalur Highlights | Super Jeep Sightseeing Tour

Delve further into the history and culture of east Iceland with this super jeep tour, exploring......

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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......

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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......

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Kistufell | Super Jeep Winter Safari

Conquer the mountains with this fantastic super jeep safari, travelling through the eclectic......

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Tröllakrókar Canyon | Super Jeep Sightseeing Tour

Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime with this exhilarating super jeep sightseeing......

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Northern Lights in East Iceland

Experience the vivid treasures of the cosmos with this unforgettable tour, hunting the Aurora......

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Hiking at the End of the World | Five-Day Trek in North East Iceland

Witness the beauty of North East Iceland on this five-day trek. If you love hiking, wish to......

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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......

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7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

Jump aboard this seven-day guided tour all around the circle of Iceland. If you want to see and......

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6 Days Circle of Iceland Guided Tour

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Iceland On Your Own | Circle Road and Highlands Bus Passport

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Iceland On Your Own | Highlights of Iceland Bus Passport

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Iceland On Your Own | Combo Bus Passport

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7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

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10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

Drive the entire ring-road of Iceland in ten days, on this immersive winter tour. Carefully......

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

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12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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9 Day Winter Package | Minibus Excursion of Iceland with Akureyri

Embrace the Icelandic winter on this 9-day tour package, where you’ll see the most iconic sights......

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8-Day Winter Package | South Coast, Eastfjords & Lake Myvatn

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11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Join this fantastic 11-day winter package exploring the highlights of the Ring Road in Iceland.......

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8 Day Winter Self Drive | Ring Road & Golden Circle with Northern Lights Hunting

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