Iceland’s east coast, shaped by Ice Age glaciers, is a dramatic landscape of narrow, steep-sided fjords with jagged peaks. Natural harbours hide charming, picturesque fishing villages connected by serpentine roads affording beautiful sweeping views. Inland, you’ll find fertile farmlands, unnamed waterfalls and the country’s largest forest.
Despite enjoying some of the sunniest weather on the island, the Eastern Fjords are rarely visited by foreigners during Iceland tours. The result is a feeling of exclusivity, peace and tranquility that few destinations can offer.
The lakeside town of Egilsstadir forms the regional centre of the area, and from here you can access the beautiful Lake Logurinn, Iceland’s most extensive forests of birch and conifer and the country’s third highest waterfall, Hengifoss. Puffins and turf houses can be spotted at Borgarfjordur Eystri, while Seydisfjordur is wonderful for its Norwegian-style wooden houses. A visit to the tiny island of Papey, makes an excellent a day trip and adds a memorable element to any Iceland tour.
When to go
Visit from November to April for the Northern Lights, or from June to August for almost 24 hours of sun.
What to do
- Spot puffins at Borgarfjordur Eystri
- Visit Hengifoss, Iceland's third highest waterfall
- Day trips to the island of Papey