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Embrace Winter Magic in East Iceland


In East Iceland, winter isn't just a season; it's a celebration of nature's beauty. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a taste of authentic Icelandic culture, East Iceland welcomes you to embrace the enchanting winter magic that defines this extraordinary region. The region is renowned for its clear night skies, making it an ideal destination for witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Bundle up and venture into the darkness, where the vibrant hues of the aurora borealis dance across the Arctic sky.

Boy watching the northern lights

Ski resorts

The Eastfjords boast excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Try your skills on the slopes of Stafdalur or Oddskarð, popular ski areas where both beginners and experts can enjoy the thrill of gliding down the mountainside while enjoying breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains.

Ski touring

East Iceland offers pristine terrain for both cross-country enthusiasts, who can glide through snow-covered forests, over mountain heaths or scenic trails, and backcountry skiers and snowboarders, who can explore the untouched slopes of the majestic Eastfjords, making it a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. In the beginning of March each year the annual skitouring festival Austurland Freeride is held in Austurland.

Group of backcountry skiers traversing from Oddskarð ski areaAusturland freeride. Photographer: Chris Burkard.


Lace up your boots and embark on winter hikes that lead you through snow-draped forests, along frozen rivers, and to secluded viewpoints offering panoramic views of the fjords. Guided tours are available, ensuring you discover the hidden gems of East Iceland safely.


After a day of adventure, unwind in one of our bathing spots. Imagine soaking in warm, mineral-rich waters while gazing at the snowflakes gently falling around you. It's a serene and soothing experience that contrasts the chilly outdoor temperatures perfectly.

Vök Baths
Egilsstaðir Swimming pool
Seyðisfjörður Swimming Pool
Eskifjörður Swimming pool
Neskaupstaður Swimming Pool
Djúpivogur Swimming pool
Selárlaug Swimming pool in Vopnafjörður
Fáskrúðsfjörður Swimming Pool


Warm up your taste buds with traditional Icelandic cuisine served in cozy restaurants. Enjoy hearty dishes like lamb stew and freshly caught seafood, indulging in the flavors of the region while sheltered from the winter chill.


During the winter months, finding a cozy retreat in East Iceland is as delightful as the snowy landscapes that surround it. Charming guesthouses, snug cabins, and hotels nestled amidst the fjords offer warm hospitality and breathtaking views. Imagine waking up to the soft glow of dawn illuminating the snow-clad peaks, or relaxing after a day of winter adventures. Many accommodations boast geothermal hot tubs, inviting you to soak under the starlit Arctic sky, embracing the tranquil ambiance of the region. With friendly locals, comfortable lodgings, and a welcoming atmosphere, your stay in East Iceland during winter promises not just a place to rest, but an experience to cherish the serene beauty of the season.

the interior of a hotel room

Arts & Culture

East Iceland Heritage Museum
The East Iceland Heritage Museum was founded in 1943 and since then its aims has been to preserve the history of East Iceland by collecting and preserving things that reflect the society, culture and …
Skaftfell Center for Visual Art
Skaftfell Center for Visual Art was founded in the year 1998 by a group of art enthusiasts, the Skaftfell Group. The Skaftfell Group was formed by friends of the artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998) who had…
The Center for Art and Culture in Fljotsdalsherad (MMF) is located in Slaturhusid, Egilsstadir. As a Center for Performing Arts we are inspired every day to create, share, teach, excite and perform f…
Randulff´s Sea House is located by the sea in Eskifjördur. It is during the summer months 2011 and Randulff´s restaurant serves dinner according to a traditional local menu in a unique atmosphere. Ran…
Technical Museum of East Iceland
The Technical Museum of East Iceland has opened again and with the exhibition Búðareyri: A story of transformations The exhibition explores the history of Búðareyri from 1880 to the present day and th…