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Fall in Iceland is relatively short and sweet, and this classic Austurland travel route is one of the best options for observing autumnal colors in all their glory. After all, Lagarfljót’s shores are home to Iceland’s largest forest, while the lake itself is said to harbor a mythical serpentine creature. A community festival, called Ormsteiti, is held in September to celebrate the lake and its monster.

It’s a myth that there are no trees in Iceland! Hallormsstaður National Forest is Iceland’s largest forest, covering over 740 hectares. There are more than 40km of marked routes and hiking trails, open spaces, and playgrounds. Spend some time in the Arboretum, unique in Iceland, with over 80 tree species from all over the world. There are also opportunities for activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, and ATV touring.

Fall is harvest time, so the flavors of Austurland take center stage at places like Vallanes organic farm and Klausturkaffi café at Skriðuklaustur. You might like to go foraging for wild berries or mushrooms while you’re out exploring the local forest.

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.

Hengifoss waterfall has a color palette that matches autumn’s tones, and you can delve into local history in a number of places, from literature with a side-serve of 16th-century monastery ruins at the Skriðuklaustur complex, or tales of highland legends at the Wilderness Centre. Snæfellstofa Visitor Center will give context to all that natural wonder that surrounds you. When you’re done with exploring, unwind in the geothermal waters of the stunning Vök Baths.

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 area, visit the Hengifoss website.



Hús Handanna Icelandic Art & Design Shop
Egilsstaðir Swimming pool
Vök Baths
East Iceland Heritage Museum
Hengifoss Waterfall
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
East Highlanders
Fellabær Golf Course


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Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
N1 - Service Station Egilsstaðir Kaupvangur 4 700 Egilsstaðir 440-1450


Hallormsstadur Camping Ground
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Hotel 1001 nott
Hótel Valaskjálf
Hérað | Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Mjóeyri Fjordlife
Móðir jörð
Stóra-Sandfell Travel Service
Stormur Cottages
Vallanes Farm Guesthouse
Wilderness center
Egilsstaðir Campsite

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Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir Lyngás 5-7 700 Egilsstaðir 4711310
Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse Fljótsdalshérað 701 Egilsstaðir 7730603