TRAVEL TO EAST ICELAND
Often referred to as the East Fjords, this region is one of the least-visited parts of Iceland. But what it lacks in tourist (or resident) numbers it more than makes up for with tranquillity and natural beauty. Driving along Iceland’s fjord-studded east coast offers dramatic scenery of snowy peaks, steep sea cliffs and small fishing villages full of colourful old houses.
The culture and history of East Iceland is as varied as its fjords are many. From the Norwegian architecture of Seyðisfjörður to the French heritage in Fáskrúðsfjörður. From the WWII history of Reyðarfjörður to the mythical sea creature of Lagarfljót. East Iceland is a fascinating hodgepodge, with quirky little oddities and attractions mixed in for good measure.
To explore the hidden gems of East Iceland, we recommend adding some extra days to a self-drive tour around the Ring Road. Don’t want to drive? Join a guided small group tour around the country and enjoy the expertise of a local while visiting the East Fjords’ top attractions. Though summer is the most popular time to visit the area, East Iceland is also a wonderful place to stay in winter (October – March) for possible nighttime sightings of the northern lights.
Each region of Iceland is unique — why not see them all? To drive around the entire Ring Road, we recommend a tour of 10 days or longer.
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