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Fjord to Fjord is a spectacular route that sets off from Austurland’s inland hub, Egilsstaðir, and takes you to a number of nearby fjords, each with their own character. As you climb winding mountain roads, pass through scenic valleys and descend into fjords, you’ll enjoy spectacular views, no matter the season.

The closest fjord to Egilsstaðir is Seyðisfjörður. It’s a firm favorite among travelers, both for its stunning setting and its creative, colorful vibe. The next fjord south is Mjóifjörður, and this is a treat to savor in summer only – the fjord’s population is tiny, and road access is only possible in the warmer months (the rest of the year a boat connects it with the outside world). Back on the Ring Road, a valley drive (through Fagridalur, a name that actually translates as ‘Beautiful Valley’) is a visual treat, and from here you reach Reyðarfjörður, then it’s east to Eskifjörður and through a tunnel to Neskaupstaður (the main town of Norðfjörður).

This travel route has plenty of noteworthy highlights, including waterfalls, hiking trails, and coastline backed by impressive peaks. There are great places to stay overnight (including hotels, campgrounds, and family-run guesthouses), and your taste buds will be happy too. You’ll encounter some great local flavors, with an emphasis on fjord-fresh seafood – from acclaimed sushi in Seyðisfjörður, to a restaurant in an atmospheric old seamen’s house in Eskifjörður.

Nature has some fine headliners, from Mjóifjörður’s tiered waterfall called Klifbrekkufossar, to a hike-friendly valley lined with waterfalls near Seyðisfjörður. Appealing nature reserves are found at Hólmanes (below the landmark mountain Hólmatindur) and just east of Reyðarfjörður town.

Short and long trails can get you out amongst the surrounds on foot, or you might like to enjoy the views from a saddle on a horseback ride. Maybe a round of golf course is more your scene, or a soak in a swimming pool? Come winter, there are two excellent ski areas. There’s art and history too, from old lighthouses at Dalatangi to a surprising wartime museum in Reyðarfjörður. Maritime history, natural minerals and art are all celebrated.

From the route’s end at Neskaupstaður, you might want to rejoin the Ring Road and retrace your steps to Egilsstaðir, or head south, winding through more Austurland fjord highlights. Check out The Coastal Experience travel route to create a fantastic circuit.

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 covered, check out the Visit Fjarðabyggð website (Fjarðabyggð is the name of the municipality covering many of the fjords) and Visit Seyðisfjörður.

Places of Interest

Seyðisfjörður
Tvísöngur Sound Sculpure
Skaftfell Center for Visual Art
Technical Museum of the Eastfjords
Seyðisfjörður Regnbogagata
Stafdalur Skiing Area
Brimnesviti
Fardagafoss Hiking Trail
War Museum
Hólmanes
Eskifjörður
Mjóeyri Fjordlife
Oddsskarð Skiing Area
Oddsskarð
Hólmatindur Hiking Trail
Helgustaðanáma Hiking Trail
Neskaupstaður
Safnahúsið in Neskaupstaður
Neskaupstaður Swimming Pool

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