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The puffins have arrived! Photographer: Þorsteinn Roy.

Spring highlights in Austurland

In Iceland in recent weeks we’ve celebrated a handful of events heralding the arrival of spring, such as the spring equinox in late March and Easter in early April.
Photo: Þráinn Kolbeinsson | @thrainnko

2023: New year, new beginnings

Happy New Year! We hope 2023 has started well for you, and has great adventures in store.
The kids know Christmas is around the corner when Santa arrives in the window at Hotel Aldan in Seyð…

Austurland’s cozy Christmas customs

From reindeer to seasonal beer, and greedy trolls to sweet traditional tales, East Iceland has a wealth of Christmas cheer.
Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. Photo: Ingvi Örn Þorsteinsson

Slow travel in Austurland

“Why didn’t I stay longer?” Or “I wish I had stayed another night.” We hear that often in Austurland.

Warm up in Austurland

By mid-October, the days in Iceland are getting shorter and the temperatures are slowly dropping. The sun still makes regular appearances, and there’s a good amount of gluggaveður too (a great Icelandic word that translates as ‘window weather’). Gluggaveður is used to describe weather that looks good through a window from inside, but isn’t so enjoyable when you get outside! That might be a day when the sun shines brightly in a clear blue sky but there’s wind and chilly temperatures – and that happens often in Iceland after the summer’s over!
Lagarfljót. photo: Þráinn Kolbeinsson | @thrainnko

The A to Z of family travel in Austurland

Whatever the age of your kids, we’ve got places to excite them, inspire their imagination, and bring science lessons to life. And why should kids have all the fun? This is an adult-friendly place too!
Askur Taproom, a local brewery and bar in Egilsstaðir. Photo: Jessica Auer

Breweries in Austurland

East Iceland is home to a handful of breweries that make delicious craft beers from the country’s pure water. Creativity is often on display, with beers that take inspiration from intriguing local ingredients (hello wasabi!), or perhaps are named for unique local features (from mountain peaks to hidden trolls). You can try Austurland’s beers at these 3 fun, friendly breweries in unexpected locations, and look for them being served in local restaurants and bars.
Photo: Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson

Spectacular Stuðlagil canyon

Austurland’s Stuðlagil canyon recently gained a big moment in the spotlight, thanks to visitors (domestic and foreign) blown away by its beauty. You can see why, can’t you? There’s simply no bad angle to this gorgeous gorge in East Iceland.
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

Seyðisfjörður’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

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.