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Fall in Iceland is relatively short and sweet, and this coastal Austurland travel route offers a good chance to observe autumnal colors on the walking trails, at waterfalls, and on mountain peaks. Fall is harvest time, so the fresh flavors of Austurland take center stage at many local restaurants. You might like to go foraging for wild berries or mushrooms while you’re out exploring the local landscapes.

Traveling Austurland in fall might mean viewing the first northern lights of the season, and maybe experiencing the first snowfall. On certain days in September you have the opportunity to see the rural Icelandic tradition of the réttir, when local farmers round up their sheep after the summer spent roaming in the hillsides. Other local wildlife, such as birds, usually leave Austurland in the fall for their winter homes.

In early fall you can access Mjóifjörður, but the road closes as the weather turns cooler and the snow arrives. It generally remains closed from about October to sometime in May.

Other towns on the Fjord to Fjord route continue to buzz with visitors and local life. Seyðisfjörður, Reyðarfjörður, Eskifjörður and Neskaupstaður continue with cultural events, restaurants, activities and more, as children return to school and family routine returns. The hours of daylight decrease while the coziness factor increases, especially when Austurland stages its annual ‘Days of Darkness’ festival in late October.

You’ll get to see plenty of natural highlights, and maybe even spot reindeer, as you travel this trail. 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.

 

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Places to Visit

Activities

Ferðafélag Fljótsdalshéraðs - Hiking Club
East Highlanders
Hús Handanna Icelandic Art & Design Shop
East Iceland Heritage Museum
Sláturhúsið
Skaftfell Center for Visual Art
Technical Museum of the Eastfjords
Seyðisfjörður
Seyðisfjörður Incoming Information Office
Skorrahestar, riding tours
Neskaupstaður Swimming Pool
Mjóeyri Fjordlife
Eskifjörður Swimming pool
Tanni Travel

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Austursigling Fjörður 4 710 Seyðisfjörður 899-2409
Seyðisfjörður Golf club Kúahagi / Vesturvegi 710 Seyðisfjörður 893-6243
Reyðarfjörður District Information Office Heiðarvegur 37 730 Reyðarfjörður 470-9000
Byggðarholt Golf Club / GBE Bogahlið 2 735 Eskifjörður 892-4622
Hiking Club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna 740 Neskaupstaður 847-1690
Norðfjörður Golf club Golfskálinn, Grænanesbökkum 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1165
Kaj Kayak Club Kirkjufjara 740 Neskaupstaður 863-9939
Norðfjörður District Information Office Sundlaugin á Neskaupsstað - Miðstræti 15 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1243

Restaurants

Other (4)

Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
Café Lára - El Grillo Bar Norðurgata 3 710 Seyðisfjörður 4721703
Hotel Capitano Hafnarbraut 50 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1800
Olís - Service station Hafnarbraut 19 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1500

Accommodation

Hotel 1001 nott
Egilsstaðir Campsite
Hafursá Travel Service
Guesthouse Vínland
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir
Hotel Eyvindará
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Teahouse
Hafaldan HI Hostel / Harbour Building
Hotel Aldan
Seyðisfjörður Campsite
Hildibrand Hotel
Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel - Hjá Marlín
Mjóeyri Fjordlife

Other (4)

Greystone summerhouse Grásteinn 700 Egilsstaðir 859-0852
Hafaldan HI Hostel - Old Hospital Suðurgata 8 710 Seyðisfjörður 611-4410
Lónsleira apartments Lónsleira 710 Seyðisfjörður 849-3381
Guesthouse Tærgesen Búðargata 4 730 Reyðarfjörður 4705555