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An idyllic summertime travel route, The Coastal Experience draws road-trippers to explore the winding coast and stunning mountain roads. When the sunlight hits the water and weather is calm, few places can beat a beautiful fjord. The views from the mountain roads are icing on the cake.

Did you know that Austurland boasts some of the warmest summer temperatures in Iceland, and plentiful sunshine? Not surprisingly, this brings sun-seeking Icelanders to the region, keen for golf, fishing, hiking, and long nights under the midnight sun.

Each of the towns here buzzes with visitors and events, as locals and tourists explore some offbeat attractions and hike-friendly coastal and mountain landscapes. The towns of Reyðarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Stöðvarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík and Djúpivogur each have a different character and lovely scenery, together with creative communities and cultural attractions.

There’s enough to fill a few sunny days here, and seasonal activities and tours are usually in full swing in summer. Explore black beach seascapes, lighthouses, waterfalls and mountain trails. Take a boat trip, check the output from microbreweries, or meet up with crafty locals. Rainy days can be spent uncovering fascinating local stories of wartime, geology and fishing history.

To return to your starting point from Breiðdalsvík, you can follow Rte 95 through the scenic valley west of here, called Breiðdalur, and over the mountain pass. A second option is to continue on the Ring Road to reach the Öxi pass (Rte 939), a renowned mountain drive. In summer, both routes are generally open to regular cars (check road conditions online). Back in Egilsstaðir you can select another travel route (a lake circuit, maybe more fjords?) for continuing your Austurland exploration.

You may not have time to see everything we include on this travel route. We recommend you plan your trip using the 'Add to favorites' tool on our page. By bookmarking your favorite attractions and experiences in this way, you can tailor a route through Austurland that's perfect for you!

For great information on the areas visited in The Coastal Experience, check out the Visit Fjarðabyggð website (Fjarðabyggð is the name of the municipality covering this area).

Places to Visit

Activities

Ferðafélag Fljótsdalshéraðs - Hiking Club
East Highlanders
Hús Handanna Icelandic Art & Design Shop
East Iceland Heritage Museum
Vök Baths
Sláturhúsið
Finnsstaðir
Egilsstaðir Swimming pool
War Museum
French sailors in Iceland
Auroras Iceland
Steinasafn Petru
Stöðvarfjörður Swimming pool
Breiðdalssetur
Tinna Adventure
Cultural Center - Langabúð
Arctic Fun
Djúpivogur Swimming pool

Other (4)

Reyðarfjörður District Information Office Heiðarvegur 37 730 Reyðarfjörður 470-9000
Hiking Club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna 740 Neskaupstaður 847-1690
Fell Horse Rental Fell 760 Breiðdalsvík 8974318
Nanna´s Memorial Museum Berufjörður 1 765 Djúpivogur 478-8977

Restaurants

Other (6)

Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
N1 - Service Station Egilsstaðir Kaupvangur 4 700 Egilsstaðir 440-1450
Olis - Service Station Búðareyri 33 730 Reyðarfjörður 474-1147
Guesthouse Tærgesen Búðargata 4 730 Reyðarfjörður 4705555
Café Sumarlína Búðavegur 59 750 Fáskrúðsfjörður 4751575
SAXA Guesthouse and Café Fjarðarbraut 41 755 Stöðvarfjörður 5113055

Accommodation

Hotel 1001 nott
Egilsstaðir Campsite
Hafursá Travel Service
Guesthouse Vínland
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Hotel Eyvindará
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Teahouse
Skipalækur
Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel - Hjá Marlín
Reyðarfjörður Campsite
Fosshotel Eastfjords
Fáskrúðsfjörður Campsite
Stöðvarfjörður Camping Ground
Hotel Bláfell
Breiðdalsvík Camping Ground
Berunes HI Hostel
Silfurberg
Hotel Staðarborg
Hotel Framtíð
Djúpivogur Campsite
Adventura ehf.
Bragdavellir Cottages

Other (7)

Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir Lyngás 5-7 700 Egilsstaðir 4711310
Guesthouse Ormurinn Ullartangi 6 / Skipalækur 3a 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2004
Lagarfell Studios Lagarfell 3 700 Egilsstaðir 8934322
Heiðarvegur 2 Heiðarvegur 2 730 Reyðarfjörður -
Guesthouse Tærgesen Búðargata 4 730 Reyðarfjörður 4705555
Heiðmörk Heiðmörk 17-19 755 Stöðvarfjörður 896-2830
SAXA Guesthouse and Café Fjarðarbraut 41 755 Stöðvarfjörður 5113055