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

Brúardalir

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Axel Kristinson. Brúardalir is a series of valleys in Brúaröræfi in East&...

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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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Karahnjúkar

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Christoph Hess Karahnjúkur describes two mountains and a power plant, found beside each other in...

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Hafrahvammar

Photo from: Canyon Hiking Tour Hafrahvammar is a vast canyon, north of Dimmugljúfur Canyon in East Iceland.  Hafrahvammar is also known ...

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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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Laugarfell

Laugarfell is a small mountain in the eastern part of the Icelandic Highlands, with a peak of 827 m (2,713 ft) above sea level. Environment and ...

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Eyjabakkajökull

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by NASA. Eyjabakkajökull is a northeastern glacial tongue of the great Vatnajökull glacier,...

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Laugarvalladalur

Laugarvalladalur is a beautiful, verdant oasis, best known for the many hot springs that sit around the abandoned farm on site. Located west of the...

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Bruarjokull

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. NASA.  Brúarjökull is a 1600 sq km (617 sq mi) glacier tongue extending from Iceland's largest ice-...

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Hvannalindir

Hvannalindir is a vegetated area within Vatnajökull National Park in the Highlands of Iceland.  While the Icelandic Highlands mostly consis...

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Óbyggðasetrið

Óbyggðasetrið, also known as the Wilderness Center, is a highland adventure hub which caters to those with a passion for the surroundin...

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Skriðuklaustur

Skriduklaustur is a culture and learning institute in the valley of Fljotsdalur in East Iceland. It is a historical site and home to the Gunnar instit...

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Svínafellsjökull

Photo from Svinafellsjokull Glacier Hiking Tour Svínafellsjökull in an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe,...

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Herðubreið

  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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Hengifoss

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Hengifoss is a waterfall that runs from the river Hengifossá in the municipality of Fl...

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Kverkfjöll

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Pietro Kverkfjöll is a sub-glacial mountain range on the northern side of the Vatnajökul...

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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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Holuhraun

Holuhraun is an immense lava field north of Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland's Highlands. Holuhraun is the site of a powerful eruption which...

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Tours near East Iceland

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

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Mt. Kistufell | Super Jeep Winter Safari

Conquer the mountains with this fantastic Super Jeep safari and treck 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

Join a small group on a guided tour of some of the most popular tourist sites Iceland has to......

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Iceland On Your Own | Highlights of Iceland Bus Passport

Choose to explore Iceland in your own way with this bus passport of Iceland’s highlights.......

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Iceland On Your Own | Combo Bus Passport

See as much of Iceland as you can fit into your trip; this Combo Bus Passport gives you access......

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

Jump aboard this seven-day winter minibus tour around Iceland, from Reykjavík to the most iconic......

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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

Join this all-encompassing, guided minibus tour, travelling the full circle around Iceland to......

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

Hop on board this unique minibus journey around Iceland, exploring for six full days the......

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12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Experience the wonders of Iceland on this 12-day winter package that takes you to all the......

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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

Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter without worrying about planning or driving yourself.......

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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

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this 8-day winter self-drive. Circle the entire......

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Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

Come along on a thrilling snowmobile adventure on the ice of Vatnajökull glacier, the largest......

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Viking Horseback Tour | Helgafell or Heidmork

Jump on this opportunity to test the strength of the Icelandic horse as you make your way......

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6 Day Private Tour Around Iceland | Myvatn, Jokulsarlon & South Coast

See the most popular Icelandic attractions as well as some hidden gems on this private 6-day......

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Askja Caldera & Viti Crater | East Highlands Day Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the first men on the moon on the Askja Lunar tour. Leaving from Lake......

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Ice Cave Exploration | Travel Underneath Europe's Largest Glacier

Witness the greatest winter wonder this country has to offer and explore the crystal blue ice......

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8-Day Horse Riding Adventure | East Fjords of Iceland

Explore the hidden valleys of East Iceland from horseback on this fantastic eight-day riding......

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East Iceland Hiking Day Tour to Storurd | Departure from Egilsstadir

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

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The Deserted Fjords of East Iceland | 5-Day Horse Riding Adventure

Experience the desolate East Fjords of Iceland from horseback on this full-week riding tour,......

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East Fjord Fishing Villages | Cultural Day Tour

Get to know the natives of Iceland’s East Fjords on this cultural day tour of horse riding,......

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Eastern Landscapes | Super Jeep and Hot Spring Tour

Explore the little travelled parts of east Iceland on this exciting and unique tour from......

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Private Ice Cave Tour | Departure from Jokulsarlon

Take an exploration into one of the most marvellous creations of nature: the ice caves beneath......

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Iceland in Autumn | 11-Day Photography Workshop

Travel to the land of ice and fire to take part in an exciting photography workshop. During a......

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Mt. Snaefell Hiking | Day Tour

Reach new heights with this exhilarating day tour hiking up the domineering Mt. Snæfell,......

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5-Day East Iceland Adventure | Local Experience

Witness the pristine wonderland that is the Eastfjords on this 5-day package from Egilsstaðir.......

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Super Jeep Tour | Vatnajokull Glacier

Ascend and explore the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, on this thrilling super jeep......

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Askja and Kverkfjoll Hiking | 2 Days

Immerse yourself in a land of ice and fire with this brilliant hiking tour into the Kverkfjöll......

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