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A classic Austurland summertime travel route, The Ring of Riverdale draws tourists and Icelanders to follow the scenic winding road along the shores of Lagarfljót lake.

Did you know that Austurland boasts some of the warmest summer temperatures in Iceland, and plentiful sunshine? Not surprisingly, this brings sun-seeking Icelanders to the region, and they make a beeline for the popular campgrounds beside the lake. Here, they can scout for the lake’s mythical creature while enjoying the outdoor life under the midnight sun, including boating, kayaking, or hiking in the surrounding forest.

Yes, 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. There are also opportunities for activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, and ATV touring.

There’s enough to fill a few sunny days here: work up an appetite hiking to see Hengifoss, one of Iceland’s tallest and most photogenic waterfalls, then tuck into hearty regional produce and homemade cakes at Klausturkaffi café at nearby Skriðuklaustur.

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 the natural wonder that surrounds you.

When you’re done with exploring, unwind in the geothermal waters of the stunning Vök Baths – if the water’s too warm, take a refreshing dip in the lake!

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.

Destinations

Activities

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

Restaurants

Other (2)

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

Accommodation

Egilsstaðir Campsite
Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstadir
Hallormsstaðaskógur Camping Ground
Hengifoss Guesthouse
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Hotel 1001 nott
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Mjóanes accommodation
Móðir jörð
Skipalækur
Stóra-Sandfell Travel Service
Stormur Cottages
Teahouse
Vallanes Farm Guesthouse
Wilderness center
Hafursá Travel Service

Other (1)

Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir Lyngás 5-7 700 Egilsstaðir 4711310