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Austurland (East Iceland) is characterized by small villages, dramatic coastlines, narrow fjords, waterfalls and mountains. The nature is always close and the scenery is breathtaking. The destination offers outstanding outdoor experiences all year around. A great range of some of Europe’s best hiking trails, rugged and exciting highlands.

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  • Photo: Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson | @icelandic_explorer

    The puffin capital of Iceland

    Puffins are among the biggest crowd-pleasers in Iceland each spring and summer. In Austurland, the very best place to see them is in Borgarfjörður eystri.
  • Photo: Fannar Magnússon

    Austurland Freeride Festival 2022

    The Austurland Freeride Festival is an annual mountain skiing and snowboarding event headquartered in Eskifjörður and using the Oddskarð ski area as its base. It was created by local enthusiasts: mountain guides and skiing pros who know these mountains well and could see the potential of a winter festival with a difference.
  • Herðubreið, 2019. Boris Vitásek (SK). Second Litany. Photographer: Chantal Anderson

    Seyðisfjördur’s celebration of light

    One of Austurland’s highlights is Seyðisfjörður, the pretty fjord town that offers year-round art and creativity with lots of color and flair. Its rainbow-painted main street is a traveler favorite, and the unspoiled nature in its surrounding mountains and valleys is a joy to explore.
  • Christmas in East Iceland

    Christmas in East Iceland

    Every year, in the lead-up to Christmas, many children around the world become fixated on reindeer. Not in Iceland, however - even though reindeer roam wild here in Austurland. Santa Claus and his reindeer-pulled sleigh play relatively no part in Icelandic Christmas traditions. Instead, children are visited by 13 Yule Lads in the days preceding Christmas.
  • Seyðisfjörður and Breiðdalsvík on Travel and Leisure's list of best small towns

    Seyðisfjörður and Breiðdalsvík on Travel and Leisure's list of best small towns

    Travel e-zine Travel and Leisure recently named East-Iceland's villages Seyðisfjörður and Breiðdalsvík as two of Best Small Towns in Iceland for Stunning Landscapes, Hearty Fare, and Northern Lights Views. Tiny Breiðdalsvík is a relatively young f…
  • The happy family

    AUSTURLAND: The perfect destination for a family trip

    Thrainn Kolbeinsson is an Icelandic adventure and travel photographer. Recently he went on a vacation with his family in East Iceland. With his wife and two children (8 months and 3 years old) he recently visited some of their favourite locations in the Eastfjords. Here he shares why he thinks the Eastfjords might be the perfect destination for a family trip and shares a few tips for people traveling with children in Iceland.

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Borgarfjörður eystri

Borgarfjörður eystri

You’re in good company in this beautiful region: around 100 friendly locals populate the village, tourists pass through to enjoy the surrounds (includ
Breiðdalsvík

Breiðdalsvík

Tiny Breiðdalsvík is a relatively young fishing village with some surprises and plenty of small-town hospitality. It lies on the coast with great seas
Djúpivogur

Djúpivogur

In the southern pocket of East Iceland, life moves at an unhurried pace. The scenic town of Djúpivogur is part of Cittaslow, ‘an international network
Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir

The hub of the east, Egilsstaðir is the largest town in the region and it’s home to all the services a traveler might need. Across the bridge is the s
Eskifjörður

Eskifjörður

Eskifjörður and its surrounds are a fabulous microcosm of the east, with attractions that neatly sum up the region’s appeal. History and nature work t
Fáskrúðsfjörður

Fáskrúðsfjörður

Fáskrúðsfjörður dishes up a Gallic surprise in the middle of the Eastfjords: a strong historical connection to France that today is showcased and cele
Fljótsdalur

Fljótsdalur

Fljótsdalur is a valley in Austurland, named after Lagarfljót lake, which flows through it. The valley is deep and wide, has calm weather and beautifu
Mjóifjörður

Mjóifjörður

In a country that specializes in unspoiled and out-of-the-way places, Mjóifjörður might just take the title of ‘most remote’.   Its name translates as
Neskaupstaður

Neskaupstaður

Neskaupstaður is about as far east as you can go in Iceland, and soaring mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the town (which is sometimes called No
Reyðarfjörður

Reyðarfjörður

At over 30km long, Reyðarfjörður is the longest and widest of Iceland's Eastfjords. Norwegians once operated whaling stations along the fjord, and fis
Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður

Color and creativity abound in Seyðisfjörður, a village filled with bright cottages and artist studios. Recently it has become famous for its photogen
Stöðvarfjörður

Stöðvarfjörður

Stöðvarfjördur is the only Eastfjords town that the Ring Road travels directly through, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the un
Vopnafjörður

Vopnafjörður

There’s good reason to turn off the Ring Road (Hwy 1) at Route 85: the secluded town of Vopnafjörður sits pretty on a scenic stretch of coastline, sur

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