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Winter in Austurland is magical, but travel during this time always requires a little more planning and a degree of flexibility. You should pack appropriate clothing, check if your preferred attractions will be open (some close during the winter period), and always check the weather and road conditions before setting out. Weather details are online at vedur.is, and road.is has extensive information about local roads and safe driving.

Austurland under a layer of snow is unforgettable, and you can make it easier to access by packing the right gear – including sturdy waterproof footwear, hiking poles, and crampons if you plan to do some exploring. Be aware that daylight hours are quite limited in the winter months: around the winter solstice (December 21), there is less than 4 hours of daylight. This means more chance of observing aurora fill the dark skies, but it also means your window of opportunity for hikes and outdoor adventure is shorter.

Take your time while driving around Lagarfljót lake, and if the weather is agreeable stop to enjoy the natureHallormsstaður National Forest and Hengifoss waterfall look pretty as a picture with a dusting of snow, but be on the lookout for icy patches on paths and roads. Also keep your eyes open for reindeer, as they come down from the highlands in the winter in search of better grazing areas.

Your own grazing opportunities may be more limited – many of the area’s restaurants close during the winter. It’s worth stocking up on driving snacks before you set off. After you’ve driven your scenic lakeside loop, there’s no better place to warm up and look for northern lights than at 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.

Destinations

Activities

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

Restaurants

Other (2)

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

Accommodation

Egilsstaðir Campsite
Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstadir
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Mjóanes accommodation
Skipalækur
Stormur Cottages
Teahouse
Wilderness center

Other (1)

Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir Lyngás 5-7 700 Egilsstaðir 4711310