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The red dot indicates the location of the town Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula on the southwest…

Seismic activity on Reykjanes Peninsula

Scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office have been observing increased seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula that started on October 24th. There are strong indicators of a looming eruption in an area close to the town of Grindavík.
Keep a watchful eye out for the aurora and stay updated on the aurora forecast while journeying thro…

Fall highlights in Austurland

Time to show off our fall colors! September and October are great months to visit Austurland: temperatures are generally mild (for Iceland!), daylight hours are ‘normal’, and when conditions are right, the northern lights begin to appear.
The fjord view from MT. Bjólfur in Seyðisfjörður. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson | @thrainnko

Active Austurland

The sun is shining, and barely setting. Do you feel the need to put all that daylight to good use? Austurland has you covered.
The LungA Festival in Seyðisfjörður. Photo: Ingvi Örn

Summer of culture in Austurland

You might already know this: in Iceland, we get pretty excited about summer!
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.