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Winters can be long in Iceland, so when spring rolls in, it breathes new life into the nature. It’s a lovely time to tour Austurland, to enjoy the slow transformation from winter wonderland to green summertime landscapes. You’ll no doubt experience weather conditions from all seasons, so it’s best to be prepared and to pay close attention to weather and road conditions.

This classic Austurland travel route takes you through mountain passes, scenic valleys and along fjord shores, and you can see the trees begin to bud and the wildflowers bloom as the weather warms up and the days lengthen. Widespread lupines begin to flower, giving a purple hue to many scenes. The lambing season begins in May, and the birdlife gets active!

After a winter hiatus, many of the route’s tourist attractions reopen for the season, together with seasonal restaurants.

You’ll no doubt want to explore the nature – but be aware that walking and hiking paths can be muddy thanks to snow melting, so be prepared. Watch the nature reserves at Hólmanes and Neskaupstaður throw off their winter coats and welcome migrating birds, or if you love the snow, hit the slopes! The ski areas at Stafsdalur near Seyðisfjörður and Oddsskarð near Eskifjörður are in operation until April or early May, depending on the snowfall.

As the weather warms, conditions improve for access to remote Mjóifjörður, so add it to your itinerary if you’re traveling in late spring. 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 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 (5)

Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
Café Lára - El Grillo Bar Norðurgata 3 710 Seyðisfjörður 4721703
Olis - Service Station Búðareyri 33 730 Reyðarfjörður 474-1147
Olís - Service station Hafnarbraut 19 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1500
Hotel Capitano Hafnarbraut 50 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1800

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
Post-Hostel
Hildibrand Hotel
Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel - Hjá Marlín
Mjóeyri Fjordlife

Other (9)

Greystone summerhouse Grásteinn 700 Egilsstaðir 859-0852
Media Luna Guesthouse Hafnargata 2 710 Seyðisfjörður 864-3082
Hafaldan HI Hostel - Old Hospital Suðurgata 8 710 Seyðisfjörður 611-4410
Lónsleira apartments Lónsleira 710 Seyðisfjörður 849-3381
Báran, Studio by the Sea Ránargata 8 710 Seyðisfjörður 897-7163
Við Lónið Norðurgata 8 710 Seyðisfjörður 899-9429
Heiðarvegur 2 Heiðarvegur 2 730 Reyðarfjörður -
Guesthouse Tærgesen Búðargata 4 730 Reyðarfjörður 4705555
Hotel Capitano Hafnarbraut 50 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1800