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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 circumnavigates Lagarfljót lake, and you can see the trees of Hallormsstaður National Forest 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 attractions reopen for the season. Check out the opening hours of places like Vallanes and Klausturkaffi café, perfect for sampling the homegrown local produce.

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! Explore the trails of Hallormsstaður forest or climb the scenic path to Hengifoss waterfall.

From Hengifoss it’s a short trip to Snæfellstofa Visitor Center, for displays on the region’s natural wonders, and to Skriðuklaustur cultural center. Continue deeper into the valley to reach the unique Wilderness Center, to enjoy a hands-on experience of Icelandic history and hear the stories of Icelanders at the edge of the highlands.

Return to Egilsstaðir via Lagarfljót’s western shore, and treat yourself to a warming geothermal soak at the stunning Vök Baths on the route back.

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 Highlanders
Hengifoss Waterfall
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
East Highlanders


Other (2)

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


Egilsstaðir Campsite
Hafursá Travel Service
Hotel 1001 nott
Hótel Valaskjálf
Hérað | Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Mjóanes accommodation
Móðir jörð
Stormur Cottages
Vallanes Farm Guesthouse
Wilderness center

Other (2)

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