What to see and do
East Iceland is Iceland's best kept secret. It is an expansive, enchanting region, where you can find all of Iceland's attractive aspects, culture and a flourishing society, endless opportunities for entertainment and outdoor recreation, picturesque nature in all directions and more natural sights than almost anywhere else. Some people go walking, swimming or golfing, while others choose fishing, hunting, riding horses, or adventurous trips on the sea, lakes or rivers. All around, something is offered to suit everyone, such as trips to other towns, out to islands, or into the highlands to view mountains, waterfalls, glacial rivers, volcanic craters, extraordinary landscape and other geological features. The season of autumn brings its marvellous colours, while winter has its own charm, as winter sports take over, the northern lights dance in the cold sky, and the darkness itself provides inspiration and spiritual uplifting. Check out our Official Tourist Guide or see the videos.
Hope to see you in East Iceland!
What gives you inspiration? A restless ocean? A raging river? Ephemeral northern lights? A tasty blood pudding? Let Iceland inspire you. The island and its surrounding waters manifest an incredibly breathtaking nature and its inhabitants preserve and nurture an unequaled culture. However, each part of the country is unique, and East Iceland has all this to offer and more.
Kárahnjúkar Dam and Hálslón reservoir were created as part of Iceland's most extensive construction project to date, and have since been visited by numerous tourists. The two tuff peaks named Kárahnjúkar stand tall on the east bank of the Jökulsá river and canyon, which ranks as one of Iceland's deepest and most impressive. The long-term use of the reservoir here to turn the powerful turbines down at Fljótsdalur Station began in late 2006.
The viewpoint indicator at the western extremity of Fjarðarheiði pass (alt. 620 m.) between Seyðisfjörður and the lowland around Egilsstaðir, serves as a good indicator when contemplating the panorama of the region. On a clear day, Mount Gagnheiði to the south will provide an even higher vantage point. The "Hérað" -colloquially short for "Fljótsdalshérað"- has long referred to the broad valley extending and branching sw. inland from Héraðsflói bay. Among Icelanders, the valleys of Fljótsdalshérað have long enjoyed a reputation for natural beauty and nice climate. This has been still enhanced by forest cultivation with trees gradually providing more shelter from chilly gales from the North. When summer breeze blows from the South or West, however, a Föhn effect often emerges, resulting in high temperatures and calm from evening till mid-morning. A quiet evening at Atlavík inlet, viewing the calm of the lake , is an experience unsurpassed. By Icelandic standards, Fljótsdalshérað enjoys a favourable climate, whatever the season, reminiscent of that of Scandinavia.
- Strandgata 86b
- 735 Eskifjörður
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