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Asknes

Asknes in fjord Mjóifjörður houses the remains of a old whaling-station, which the Norwegians erected around year 1900. The factory was the largest of its kind in the world at that time. In its hayday there were 200 employees but today there are only around 40 people living in the entire Mjóifjörður region.

Atlavík

The inlet of Atlavík is beautifully situated on the shores of Lagarfljót (Lögurinn). Like other areas in the Hallormsstaður woodland, the inlet provides the shelter of trees, as well as a comparatively continental climate at the south end of the lake, far away from oceanic conditions. In addition to a two full-scale camping site, rental services for small boats, Hallormsstaður also offers the possibility of horse renting.

Beljandi

Near farm Brekkuborg by Breiðdalur valley you will find the waterfall Beljandi in river Breiðdalsá. It actually consists of two waterfalls. The area is a feast for the eye and a pleasant option for outdoor activities.

Bjargselsbotnar

Walk from the sign near Hússtjórnarskóli schoolhouse in the woodlands of Hallormsstaður and follow a light green marked trail that passes through an area where half the mountain slid forward some 10.000 years ago.

You'll ascend up to Bjargselsbotnar, inwards to Bjarg and Þverbjarg to Illaskriða or The Cruel Landslide. From there you follow the trail to the Leirtjarnarhryggur ridge. There you can find a cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.465-W14°43.031

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Breiðdalseldstöð

Breiðdalur central volcano is an ancient volcanic area above Breiðdalur valley and Berufjörður, It was the object of extensive research carried out by the English geologist George D.L. Walker who made East-Iceland teritary volocanologic phenomenons the main object of his professional work. The Breiðdalur area of volcanism is set with rhyolithic-inserts producing the mainstay of majestic mountain range separating Breiðdalur and Berufjörður, e.g. Mt. Flögutindur , Mt.Smátindar, Mt. Röndólfur, Mt. Slöttur and Mt. Stöng. The southern side of the volcanic formation is highly colourful and the intrusions assume an irregular aspect, set with tephra-layers.

The site of the central volcano extends between Mt. Fossárfjall south of Berufjörður to Mt. Bæjartindur which towers above farm Þorgrímsstaðir in Breiðdalur. The western slope runs along Mt. Ófærunafir towards the west, whereas the eastern side - although highly eroded - extends east of Mt. Kerlingartindur, S- Breiðdalur. The southern region of Breiðdalur - the very centre of area - forms a basin where the excruciating heat has transformed the rock to such an extent that the basalt and the andestite have turned pale-green, making it problematic to tell them apart from the rhyolite. This can be clearly detected at river Innri-Ljósá Blágil ravine.

The beforementioned chain of mountains was formed at a later date as the rhyolite wielded its way to the surface through the basalt layers, forming insertions on top of the massive tephra layers along the edges of the crater. Their remnants are visible in rhyolithic-rocks throughout the Breiðdalur region. This central volcano is considered to be of later date than its Álfta- and Reyðarfjörður counterparts. The Reyðarfjörður ignimbrite, a pyroclastic flow made as a burning hot mixture of particles and gases flew from the volcano, originated from Mt.Röndólfur, covering about 430 km² with a diameter of about 6 m. þykkt. This layer is linked the Mt. Skessa south of Reyðarfjörður, best known as the Skessulag. The immense volcanism of the area has resulted in a great variety of rare minerals and semi-precious stones on display at Petra's wonderful stone collection in Stöðvarfjörður and The Breiðdalur mineral museum in Breiðdalsvík.

Brimnes

A 10 km. drive from the Seyðisfjörður town centre brings the visitor to farm Selsstaðir on the north coast of the fjord. A walking trail leads from the farm to Brimnes at the mouth of the fjord. This was for centuries one of the major fishing centres in East Iceland. Traces of old buildings are still to be seen, along with a lighthouse stands at Brimnes.

A walk out Brimnes in fine weather is an unforgettable experience.

Brúnavík

Brúnavik is an inlet in the vicinity of Borgarfjörður Eystri renowned for its serene surroundings. A hike back and forth from Borgarfjörður across pass Brúnavikurskarð (360 m) down to the ruins of the farm is approx. 12 km. Crossing at the mouth of the river is an absolute must in order to appreciate the colorful beach. The way back crosses the Brotagil ravine across the bridge to pass Hofstrandaskarð (320 m). The walk takes about 5-6 hours. It is marked by trails.

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Dalatangi

The way to Dalatangi takes one along a rough and narrow trail along the northern coast of Mjóifjörður. A spectacular symphony awaits the traveler at the edge of the high and rugged shore: Waterfalls, steep cliffs vales with the roaring ocean below are not cut out for those suffering from vertigo! At the end of the road - as far eastward as possible - awaits the farm and the lighthouses. The newcomer is seized with an insular impression, all while contemplating the spectacular view of Loðmundarfjörður and Seydisfjörður, at times extending as far as the and at Mt. Glettingur in the far north.

Dyrfjöll

The magnificent mountain range Dyrfjoll near the fjord Borgarfjordur Eystri is 1136 meters high and only experienced hikers should do this hike. It is possible to contact a local professional hiking guide to hike with up the mountain.

Dyrfjoll mountain is an old volcano and is famous for the huge gap in the middle of the mountain. The view from the top is extraordinary and won't let anyone down!

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Eiðar

Eiðar (14 km. north of town Egilsstaðir) is a ranking presbytery with important cultural and educational background. This is the site of one of the very first agricultural schools in Iceland ( founded in 1883), later converted into a general educational center for the East region. Its function as a school was discontinued to a large extent in 1997 and since then many ideas have been launched as to its future role. In the meantime, Eidar has served as a summer hotel. The Eiðar surroundings are picturesque and inviting, with verdant grounds on the banks of beautiful Lagarfljót laying the ideal grounds for peaceful and poetical walks. Presently, efforts are afoot to develop a center for arts and culture.

Einbúi

Jafnadalur is a valley in Stöðvarfjördur facing northward. At the core of the vale, there is Einbúinn - "The Hermit"- , a voluminous and solitary rock in otherwise flat surroundings. The Jafnadalur also boasts a 6 m. stonearch, located to the east of Mt. Álftafell. A walking trail connects Jafnadalur and fjord Fáskrúðsfjörður. These are agreeable surroundings and well-suited for short or extensive hikes.

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Eiriksstadahneflar

Walk on from the sign by the river Þverá south of Eiríksstaðir farm and on to Fremri Hnefill - top (947 m) where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. From there one can cross over to the top of Ytri Hnefill (922m) and down to Eiríksstaðir farm. It is also nice to walk over to the ruins of the abandoned (since 1875) Hneflasel farm and between the two mountains on the way back to Jökuldalur valley.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°08.617-W15°28.195

Eyjabakki

In the vicinity of majestic Mt. Snæfell and the imposing Vatnajökull glacier you´ll find the rolling flatland Eyjabakkar; a green oasis in the otherwise scarcely vegetated highland. This is a resting niche for some 14 000 geeses before setting off for their long flight southward bound. This area is suitable for all kinds of outdoor leisure. The Fljótsdalshérad Touring Club has a chalet at Mt. Geldingafell beyond the river Blöndukvísl.

Eyjólfsstaðir

The woodland Eyjólfsstaðaskógur, under the supervision of the East Iceland Forestry Society, offers beautiful scenery and natural diversity. There are two waterfalls adorning the site, one of which can be accessed from behind! In order to visit, the traveler would do well to continue past the cluster of vacation chalets, due N- E.

Eyvindará

Among the precious gems of the township, Egilsstaðir is the river Eyvindará. Small waterfalls nourishing it, as well as the stream´s deep green-blue color, contribute to its exquisite beauty. The depths render Eyvindará an ideal swim site during the summer-season, albeit the water is cold. The farm on the river banks traces its roots prior to A.D. 1000. This is the site of the burial mound of saga legend Helgi Droplaugarson, and ruins - commonly believed to be the ruins of his historic abode- is still to be seen. The area is highly popular among the local youths for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Fardagafoss

The scenic Fardagafoss waterfall is situated close to the main road to Seyðisfjörður as it winds its way up the mountainside of Fjardarheiði, about 5 km from Egilsstaðir. The ascent from the parking area to the fall takes about half an hour. Underway you can enjoy the beautiful gorge and views over the whole valley. The last stage of the trail is not an easy walk, a chain is fastened in the cliff to get down to the water, but it´s worth it.

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Flögufoss

Flögufoss is the highest waterfall by Breiðdalsvík around 60 meters high. The waterfall is in the river Flöguá that runs through the valley of Flaga. From the road, this is a short and easy hike.

Fuglabjargarnes cliffs

Fuglabjarganes is on the nature conservatory list of Iceland for its beautiful and diverse coast and great bird life. Walk along the beach to the headland where high bluffs reach down to the sea. From there you can see rock pillars that rise from the sea and enjoy the view across the open ocean all the way to the horizon. This is Icelandic nature at its best. Please be careful when walking along the cliffs and do not go too close to the edge.

Gerpir

Gerpir is the easternmost tip of Iceland.
Magnificent view, high rocks, and cliffs (661 m.) Making your way along the edge of cliffs some 12 million years old is an experience you´ll never forget. Throughout the area ( "Gerpissvæðið") there are many marked trails, walking paths and hiking routes, construed by the hiking club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna. Prior to visiting, obtaining a good map of the area is a sensible option - or getting in touch with a local information center. The area is also popular among kayak enthusiasts and mountain bikers.

Gljúfurárdalur

Gljúfurárdalur is a vale west of Hellisheiði by Vopnafjörður. A hiking trail leads through it and a viewpoint allows for a perfect view of the imposing waterfall Neðrifoss. A marked trail leads towards the ocean, where ruins from the early settlement can be visited. The surroundings form a propitious natural harbor and vestiges of ancient fishing settlements - as well as the saga of the hero of days gone by, Þorsteinn uxafótur - lend historical importance to this scenic shore.

Gljúfursá river

The Gljúfursár waterfall runs down a colorful ravine just below our starting point. From there is a marked walking path that takes you along the river Gljúfursá, down to the sea and around Drangsnes.

Walking along the precipitous cliffs is a great experience and leaves few visitors unmoved. The trail goes past Krummsholt where you can see ancient ruins dating back to Viking times. In fact, a Viking named Þorsteinn Uxafótur is thought to have lived there. Looking at such ancient habitats leaves one wondering about the lives lived here centuries ago, wishing the earth could talk and tell us the stories of our ancestors.

Across the fjord, you can see glimpses of the village of Vopnafjordur standing on a peninsula reaching out in the fjord. The peninsula itself is called Kolbeinstangi.

The river Gljúfursá used to be a major obstacle to travelers heading east over Hellisheiði. Many accidents occurred when people tried to cross the river by foot or on horseback.

You can walk along the river to the old bridge over Gljúfursá, built around 1900 and at the time considered to be a great marvel. The story goes that construction began on the bridge after a man on horseback died while attempting to cross the river during winter.

Grænafell

The haven of Mt. Grænafell by Reyðarfjörður has served as the prime location for local outdoor activities for a number of years. At the top of the mountain, a beautiful lake awaits the visitor and a spectacular gorge carves the landscape beside the fell. A paradise of fine bushes at the foot of the mount completes the icing on the cake. The tiny forest is adorned by planted trees, brooklets and extensive rocks fragments from the cliff, reminiscent of dwellings from the land of fairy tales. The area has been made easily accessible by marked hiking trails.

On Fatmap here below can you find more info about the hiking trail up to Grænafell.

Grjotgardur við Hjardarhaga

A walk of about two and a half hours, fairly short but quite steep. Park your cars at the crossroads to Hnefilsdalur. Walk from the sign, located by the main road (no 1), a marked path up along the river Sauðá up to the edge of the slope to the stone wall or fence. Follow the fence until you've reached the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Keep on towards Teigará to the cairn and then walk back for a bit down a staked horse riding trail through Hestagil creek. The purpose of the stone wall is unknown but thought to have been a fence for farm animals.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°21.391-W15°00.061

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Hafnarhólmi

The "Hafnarhólmi" in Borgarfjörður Eystri is an area highly suitable for birdwatching. On the premises, there is a staircase leading up to a platform where one can get closer to puffins and the birds of the sea than ever imaginable. The puffins arrive in April and disappear overnight around August 15th. Underway to Hafnarhólmi one enjoys good close-ups of vivid birdlife and the arctic tern nests along the shore and on banks of the river. The harbor proudly raises the blue flag indicating that the inhabitants are respectful and attentive towards their surroundings.

Hafrahvammagljufur

Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in East Iceland is one of the most impressive canyons in Iceland. It is over 200 meters deep and this impressive canyon stretches about seven to eight kilometers towards the valley Jökuldalur.

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will find a sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon.

Hallormsstaðaskógur

Hallormsstaður National Forest

Hallormsstaður National Forest is considered to be Iceland's largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares most of which is native birch. Since 1905, the forest has been the site of large scale trials of exotic species.

The forest is a popular outdoor area in a diverse landscape. There are 11 marked trails. A hiking map is in a box at the start of all the hiking trails, as well as the map at Hotel Hallormsstadur. Hallormsstadur host arboretum a tree collection with over 80 tree species.

There are two camping areas in the forest: Atlavík which is located in a picturesque cove surrounded by birch woods and Höfðavík that provides a higher level of services for campers.

Hallormsstaður

Hallormsstaður is a former parsonage. A small village has formed in this area through the years in connection with the school, travel industry and the work at the forest. The forest of Hallormsstaður is the largest forest in Iceland.

In 1903 the Forest Department was founded in Hallormsstaður. Remarkable tree museum has formed in the forest of hallormsstaður through the years. At the tree museum, there are walking paths making it easy to go through the history of tree planting in Iceland. There are art exhibitions in the area and many other events. atlavík, which is located deep in the forest is a beloved attraction for tourists.

Heidarendi

Take the driveway up to and above Heiðarsel farm and turn to the left before you come to the farm Nátthagi. Walk from a sign by the old road above Nátthagi. Walk up to the top and further on to the right where you get to the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. It is pleasant to walk on from Heiðarendi descend and walk back by the old gravel road.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°23.085-W14°33.819

Heiðavatn

A beautiful road takes you along the beautiful Breiðdalur valley, ascending towards the heath with the same name. Once upon the rolling flatland, you´ll discover the idyllic little lake Heiðavatn - often a peaceful haven to herds of reindeers. A stroll around the lake with a subsequent halt for a light meal or a moment of relaxation is recommended.

Helgustaðanáma

Helgustaðanáma is an old Icelandic spar mine, located above the trail leading from Eskifjörður til Vödlavík inlet. It is partially open to visitors, and there is an excellent walking path leading up to it.

All removal of the spar is forbidden, and the area is a protected nature reserve.

Scientific discoveries made with the aid of Iceland spar from Iceland directly influenced the development of modern society. Progress since its discovery in the 17th century until 1930 in various important fields of the natural sciences and technology would have been delayed by decades if Iceland spar had not been available at that time. As the sole supplier of first-class spar crystals for scientific purposes, Helgustaðir in Reyðarfjörður may, therefore, be considered the most valuable location in Iceland in an international context.

Hengifoss

Apart from having recently been re-defined as Iceland's second-highest waterfall, the Hengifoss is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish color particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss. Moreover, underway towards Hengifoss, the Litlanesfoss presents impressive stands of basalt columns on both sides of the gorge.

Usually, the climb ends well below Hengifoss, at a point where it can easily be admired without crossing the river. However, if the flow is scarce - as is often the case in autumn - it is feasible to go closer and even enter a shallow cave behind the waterfall.
There is an easy walking path from the highway to Hengifoss, it takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the waterfall.

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Hnjuksvatn

Hnjúksvatn is a lake on the heath across from Merki farm. Walk from the sign by road no. 923 along Hnjúksá river to Binnubúð hut by Hnjúksvatn. By the hut, you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. An old lady and midwife, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir built this hut for those who wished to visit and enjoy the highlands.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°14.333-W15°15.887

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Hólmanes

Between Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður you can visit the Nature reserve Hólmanes. This is an ideal place to enjoy a good walk either down to the sea or up the hills. Birds and remarkable rock formations can be enjoyed in Hólmanes. With luck, you could stumble upon a herd of reindeers.

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Hólmatindur

Hólmatindur is the mountain every inhabitant in Eskifjörður cherishes, towering 985 m. above sea level. It´s not an easy climb to the top but the stunning view is a reward in itself and worth your exertions. Once on the top, the valiant mountaineer can write his /her name in a guestbook, and subsequently, obtain one stamp in a succession of 5 needed in order to get the title Mountain Conqueror. This being an initiative organized by the local hiking club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna.

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Hottur

Höttur (Hátúnahöttur) is a beautiful mountain which lies in the mountain range between Vellir and Fagridalur and is favored by many who live in Egilsstaðir.

Walk from the sign by road nr 1 east of Gilsá river (N65°08,172-W14°31.133), towards Grjótá river by Víðihjalli and up along the river. Onwards and up to Hattarhólar, turn inland and ascend to the top of Höttur (1106 m).

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

GPS : N65°07.63-W14°27.25

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Hrafnafell

Drive the gravel road up to Fjallssel farm and to the highest spot south-west of Hafrafell. Walk from the sign by the road towards the antennas on Hrafnafell where you can find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Do walk on to Hafrafellsrétt livestock pen (N65°18.02-W14°29.23) which is man-made of rocks and stones, between cliffs slightly to the east of the trail.

It is also very nice to descend east of Hrafnafell and see Kvíahellir cave (N65°18,359-W14°29,063). If you take the circle the walk is 5.8 km long and a red trail.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°18,304-W14°29,098

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Husey

Walk on to the plains out of the Húsey farm, out by Héraðsflói bay. One can choose between two distances to hike a 6 km or a 14 km hike. There are a lot of birds and seals in the area. Walk from the sign which is located inside the gate by Húsey farm, towards the river Jökulsá. Then walk along the banks until you get to the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. It is close to the sea, ca. 3 km from the farm. Then walk on towards the farmhouse along the trail and the circle is closed.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°38.775-W14°14.670

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Hvannargil

Walk from the sign by road F905. A circular trail from Kjólsstaðaskora then Vatnsstæði, inside the lowest Hvannárgil creek through all three creeks to the end of the highest. The highest creek is spectacular and ends in a waterfall. The cylinder with the visitors´log and the stamp is in the highest creek. Walk back down Slórdalur.

GPS: N65°16.868-W15°47.418

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Innra Hvannagil

The gorge Innra-Hvannagil is located in Njarðvík near Borgarfjörður Eystri and is accessible from a parking by the road. After about 100 meters you find yourself at the mouth of this marvelous rhyolite canyon, where numerous dark basalt dikes crisscross the bright slopes.

Jórvíkurskógur

Jórvíkurskógur is an attractive Icelandic woodland with growing forest by Icelandic standards. It has all that the local people desire: Green growth and plants with berries and mushrooms. The trees are tall enough to form a wind-shelter, there are convenient footpaths and lovely brooklets with pure water flowing briskly an old farmhouse and green lawns. This is an ideal spot for resting peacefully and enjoy life. What more would you want?

Kambanes

Between Breiðdalur valley and Stöðvarfjörður there are three steep lines emanating from the mountain Súlur. Peninsula Kambanes, is an ideal area for outdoor activities of any kind.

Klifbrekkufossar

Klifbrekkufossar is a magnificent tier of waterfalls in Mjóifjörður. While descending the main road from Egilsstaðir the waterfalls can be spotted on the right-hand side.

Kolfreyjustaður

The vicarage Kolfreyjustaður in Fáskrúðsfjörður dates back to the year 1878 many old and beautiful artifacts are there to be seen. The place swarms with stories and legends. The troll Kolfreyja lends her name to the site and her fellow troll lived in the island of Skrúður.

Koreksstadavigi

Kóreksstaðavígi is a beautiful rock of basalt columns. There the Viking Kórekur is said to have fought his enemies to the death and been buried at the site. One drives past Hjaltalundur and takes the road towards the farm Kóreksstaðir. Park your car in an area close to the sign by the gate leading to the farm. Walk on towards the Kóreksstaðavígi where you will find a cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Standing on its top is an enjoyable experience.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°32.782-W14°10.591

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Kúahjalli og Hrafnatindur

One of the marked trails in the vicinity Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður Eystri leads to the mountainous terrain of Kúahjalli and Hrafnatindur. The trail follows the banks of Bakkaá up to Mt. Hrafnatindur, offering a remarkable view over Borgarfjörður Eystri. Thereupon the trail continues to Kúahjalli and to Geitavik, the childhood foyer of the renowned Icelandic painter Kjarval. The duration of the hike is about 3 hours.

Lagarfljót and Lögurinn

Lagarfljot is about 140 km. long flood or river, consisting mostly of glacial water. The innermost section forms a lake Lögurinn with a surface of 53 m2. The depths of the lake descend to 112. m. with the bed of the lake as deep as 90 m. beneath sea level. The Lögurinn is home to the legendary monster serpent Lagarfljótsormurinn, first mentioned in 1345. It was considered a bad omen if the curved forms of the monster were spotted above the of the water. In recent years it has not revealed itself so often - yet the Lagafljót serpent is truly unpredictable!

Landsendi

Walk from the sign by the road no 917 towards Ker (before crossing the mountain road Hellisheiði) (N65°42.52- W14°24.41), and from there to Landsendahorn cliff. There one can enjoy a magnificent view of Móvíkur. Above them are 200-300 meters high cliffs and hanging rocky slopes called Móvíkurflug. The rock consists mostly of rhyolite of many colors but mostly yellowish, light brown or greenish grey. The cylinder with the visitors' log and a stamp is on the banks above Ker.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65° 43.352-W14°23.300

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Laugavalladalur

Laugavalladalur is a green oasis west of river Jökulsá á Dal, some 20 km. north of dam Káraghnjúkar. Close to the site of an abandoned farm, there is a geothermal stream, ideal for taking a bath and a shower in the warm waterfall where the stream runs into the valley's main river. Please be wary of the temperature as it sometimes rises well above suitable limits!

Magnahellir

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will find a sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon and Magnahellir cave where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. The farmers in Eiríksstaðir used to keep their sheep in the slopes by Jökulsá river close to the cave called Magna cave which derives its name from the farmer named Magni who was the first one to keep his sheep there in winter.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N64°99.252-W15°71.683

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Meleyri

Meleyri is a charming shoreline near Breiðdalsvík. This is an outdoor area, a colorful birdlife arena and popular among locals and tourists alike.

Mjóeyri

Mjóeyri is a delightful place on the outskirts of Eskifjörður. There are a lighthouse and a delightful shoreline, where birds and sea shells are to be found. For tourists, it is an oasis and a horn of plenty: Guided tours, a boat- rental, angling, good food, and highly agreeable accommodation.
Mjóeyri has a historical past as the last place of execution, on Sept. 30th, 1786. The final resting place of the late convict can be found here.

Möðrudalur

Möðrudalur is the highest settled farm in Iceland, 469 meters ( 1.539 feet) above sea-level. It has been inhabited since early settlement in Iceland. Möðrudalur has served as a presbytery for centuries. The builder of the church in Modrudalur was Jón A. Stefánsson (1880 - 1971). He was a great farmer and a multitask-artist and the altarpiece is made by himself. His son was Stefan ,,Stórval" Jónsson ( 1908 - 1994), one of a kind character and a painter. The panorama view from the farm is interesting in many ways - judge for yourself.

Mt. Bjólfur and the Snow Avalanche Barriers.

The trail is open from June - September

A trail leading to the uppermost mountain slopes (>600 m.) offering a breathtaking view of the Fjord and the Snow Avalanche Barriers. Open from June until first snowfall in October/November. This 5 km. the trail is an F-road and presents a rare opportunity for high altitude sights for those generally averse to mountain climbing. Furthermore, the spot is ideal for paragliders. The ascent takes about 15-20 minutes from the Fjarðarheiði heath road up to the Snow Avalanche barriers.

Mulakollur

Þingmúli divides Skriðdalur into Norðurdalur and Suðurdalur. The Round Road nr.1 lies through Suðurdalur to Breiðdalur. The homestead at Þingmúli was a place of gathering for the Thing in Eastern Iceland for centuries.

The northernmost part of the mountain is called Múlakollur. Walk the ridge from the sign straight up to 400 m. When you reach Múlakollur's top it is pleasant to walk onwards and along the top and descend on the east side a bit south of Múlastekkur. One can also ascend by walking up from Múlastekkur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°01.624-W14°38.049

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Oddsskarð

Oddsskard is a pass between the villages Eskifjörður and Norðfjörður. The year 1949 saw the road construction and between1974-1977 a tunnel was dug to facilitate communication.
Close to the pass you´ll find one of the best ski resorts in Iceland, nicknamed "The Eastern Fjords´ Alps." In the wintertime, these delightful and versatile hills simply call out to skiers to come and enjoy. There are hills to fit the needs of all ages and different capacities.

Prestagil,

Prestagil -The Gorge of the Priests - is an imposing ravine in Mjóifjörður. It derives the name by an old legend which tells of a giant hag who resided in the ravine and managed to lure two priests to the gorge and gain power over them. The area is well suited for outdoor activities.

Rangarhnjukur

Walk from the sign by the gate to Fjallasel farm, where you take an old road up above the farm. When you arrive up to turn off the road to the right and walk onto Rangárhnúkur where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. On the way back it is a good idea to walk down to Egilssel farm and walk on towards Fjallssel farm. Then you will pass Dansgjá which is a peculiar creek or ravine through tall cliffs west of Staffellsbjörg cliffs right off the road and marks the borders of the farms.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°19.410-W14°35.498

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Raudshaugur

Rauðshaugur is a rock or a hill protruding from the farm Höfði and can be seen widely from Hérað. According to legend it is the burial heap of farmer Rauður or Ásrauður in the sagas and from there two similar heaps can be located, the burial heap Bessahaugur in Fljótsdalur and the heap Ormarshaugur in Fell. Legend Rauður was buried with all his riches.

People are said to have tried digging into the pile of rocks but always had to give up because of a burning vision of the homestead in Ketilsstadir. Walk from the sign by Fagridalur road (N65°14.590 -W14°21.156) along the trail on Egilsstaðaháls towards Rauðshaugur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°12.77-W14°23.01

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Rauðubjörg

The cliffs of Rauðubjörg at Barðsnes in Norðfjörður are endowed with a constant glow as if they reflect ceaseless sunshine. The name means "Red cliffs" which is appropriate since rhyolite is a dominating ingredient.

Reindalsheiði

Reindaldsheiði is an old marked route between Breiðdalur and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The mail was brought this way in times gone by and therefore the old cairns still mark the trail. The tour, which is verily a feast for the eye, takes 7-10 hours.

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Sænautasel

The farm of Sænautasel, situated up in the highland of Jökuldalsheiði, was inhabited from 1843-1943. In the years 1875-1880, however, it was left abandoned as a result of the lavish ashfall emanating from volcano Askja during an 1875 eruption. Rumour has it that the farm served as a model for "Independent People", the most popular novel of Iceland's only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness. Now rebuilt, the interior and exterior of the turf buildings are open to visitors during the summer. Guided tours help reveal the conditions of earlier Icelandic generations. Refreshments in traditional style are offered.

Sandfell

Sandfell is a distinctive 743m. high rhyolite mountain between Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The best approach is from the south side of Fáskrúðsfjörður. The trail leaves the coastal road between Víkurgerði and Vík farms and proceeds along the Víkurgerðisá River before cutting west for the peak. The scenery is excellent en route, with views of Fáskrúðsfjörður, Andey and Skrúður islands. The ascent + descent takes approx. 5 hours.

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Sandfell Skriddalur

Sandfell is an impressive looking rhyolite mountain in the shape of a ridge and reminds one of a tent because of its even slopes which are mostly free of cliffs and by it's two darker peaks. The path starts by the main road (no 1). A little distance from the Gilsá river you will find the sign where you start. Walk the trail towards a fence then turn and walk up along it, then upwards by the trail on the northern ridge straight to the top which reaches 1157 m.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.637-W14°30.298

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Sandvik Black Beach

Sandvík is a long, black sandy beach in from the fjord. The coast is a paradise for birds, created by the hand of nature. There one may find seashells, take a walk, watch the birds, build a sand castle - or follow your own imagination.

Along with this coast, a supply ship ran aground on 2 October 1981. All the crew was rescued. At low tide, one can still see a glimpse of the wreckage.

Access to Sandvík is from the track lying down to the bay inland from the golf course.

We remind everyone to be careful along the beach. The surf can be dangerous and children must be carefully watched. The Hofsá river often flows over the sands in the spring, and as a result, quicksand can form along the beach.

Always walk the coastline with care, with respect for nature and the hidden dangers which can lie near the sea.

GPS: 65.735784 - 14.857769

Saxa

Just off the coast of farm Lönd in Stöðvarfjörður there´s a singular rock formation called Saxa ("The Grinder). This is an impressive perforated cliff, penetrated ceaselessly by the swelling waves of the Atlantic, resulting in spectacular eruptive splashes which fling seaweed and algae, minced by the force of the ocean, high into the air.

Selskógur

Selskógur the small forest on the eastern outskirts of Egilsstaðir, mainly consists of birch but also numerous rowans. Inviting woodchip trails of various lengths lure the wanderer to stroll through the peaceful surroundings. A football field and a playground are among other recreational options in the area.

Seven summit´s

Period: summer

By climbing seven of the peaks surrounding the fjord of Seyðisfjörður, one earns the prestigious title of "a Seyðisfjörður Mountain Viking". Mostly exceeding an altitude of 1.000 m, these mountains are as follows: Sandhólatindur, Bjólfur, Nóntindur, Hádegistindur, Strandartindur, Snjófjall, and Bægsli. You´ll find guestbooks and ink stamps waiting on each peak. The cards for summit stamps and further details are available at the information centre in the ferry terminal, tel. +354 472 1551 and at www.seydisfjordur.is

Skálanes

Skálanes nature and heritage centre is situated in a beautifully restored Icelandic farmhouse set in its own nature reserve at the mouth of Seyðisfjörður East- Iceland. Dramatic snow-capped mountains, vast sea cliffs, secluded shoreline and coves, and a vibrant bird colony make Skálanes a place for relaxation, research, contemplation and a different pace of life.

Skjólfjorur beach

Be sure to visit Skjólfjörur beach when driving through Vopnafjordur! The beach is only a short walk from the road and offers a magnificent view of the open Atlantic sea. If you're lucky you might even see a whale. The beach has a rocky shore, with colorful stones that capture the eye. Driftwood which the waves have brought to land is a testament to the incredible force the sea possesses.

Please respect that it is forbidden to remove stones from the beach.

One of the characteristics of Vopnafjordur is the incredible rock pillars and cliffs that take on various forms, often resembling different creatures. Ljósastapi rock pillar stands out in the sea just off Skjólfjörur. It is often called "Fíllinn" or The Elephant by locals, as its form resembles that of an elephant.

The mountain Búrið stands to the right of Ljósastapi. Búrið is a part of the Fagradalur mountains, an ancient volcanic area. In the Fagradalur mountains, you can see colorful rhyolite rocks that certainly make their mark on the surrounding environment. A marked walking path takes you down to Þerribjörg, east of Hellisheiði Eystri, where the rhyolite is at its most beautiful. The walk is fairly difficult and long, but well worth it for experienced hikers.

Skriðuklaustur

Skriðuklaustur is now a centre of culture and history in Fljótsdalur. After becoming a renowned author on the European continent, Gunnar Gunnarsson had a mansion built here in 1939 and made it his residence. In 1948 he bequeathed the property to the Icelandic nation. The building is now home to the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson, displaying books and artifacts connected with his life and work. In addition, there are various cultural events and art exhibitions. Café Klausturkaffi is located in the dining room. Since 1992, archaeological excavation of a nearby 16th-century monastery has yielded exciting results and attracted general attention. Visitors are allowed to view the ruins.

Skrúður

Skrúður is an island haven in the mouth of fjord Fáskrúðsfjörður. It is surrounded by high cliffs accessible only to the bold and brave. On the island, there is a sizable cave which was occasionally used as a shelter for sailors making their way southwards. Legends say there were three giant brothers living in the East, one of whom made his home in Skrúður, the other in Streitishvarf and the third on the island of Papey. The Skrúður dweller abducted his wife from the on-shore vicarage of Kolfreyjustaður; the local priest´s young daughter. Legends relating to their insular existence lived among the sailors who visited the island.

Skumhottur

Skúmhöttur the second tallest mountain in the range between Fljótsdalshérað and Reyðarfjörður. It consists mostly of rhyolite but the peak itself is of a darker rock formation. Drive the main road (no 1) until you pass Litla Sandfell farm. Make a left turn and go through the gate and continue until you come to an old bridge by Þórisá river. There is a parking area. Walk from the sign by Þórisá river and along the ridge until you are on the top, 1229 m.

A good walk and an interesting mountain.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.637-W14°30.298

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Smjörfjöll

Smjörfjöll ("Butter Mountains") is a name covering several mountains - about 1250 m. - between Vopnafjörður and the region of Jökulsárshlíð. North of them is the pass Hellisheiði with the road from Vopnafjörður to Fljótsdalshérað. The pass is an elevated one, 730 m. - offering a beautiful view across the bay Héraðsflói. The road is a rough terrain and weather forecast should be heeded.

Snæfell

Mt Snæfell towering to 1,833 m, is the highest mountain in Iceland outside the glacier regions. Even so, and despite the omnipresent snow, (Snæfell = "The Snow Mountain), it is fairly accessible from Snæfellsskáli hut. While Snæfell boasts a splendor of its own, it offers a fabulous view, partly overlooking the oasis of Eyjabakkar. Eyjabakkar is a choice habitat for geese. Reindeer can frequently be spotted west of Snæfell, towards Hálsalón reservoir, in addition to other territories in the East Iceland highlands.

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Spanarhóll

Spanarhóll is in the north end of Fjórðungsháls, 591 m high. You drive to the south up Fell to the farm Refsmýri. Walk from the sign by Þorleifará river and up along the river, about 0,5 km. Then you turn from the river and walk towards Hlíðarsel and onwards up the canyon above the ruins upon Fjórðungur on the Fell heath. From there the way to Spanarhóll is easily hiked. There are four hills and people should walk towards all of them. One can also hike to Spanarhóll hill by going up by the Ormarsstaðir river or from Fjallssel up to the edge, and then inland. The cylinder is on top of the biggest hill. At the hill, lore has it that there is a presence of elves or hidden people.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°15.588-W14°41.446

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Stapavík

The historical trading point of Krosshöfði, by Stapavík inlet, lies in a magnificent setting. The trail to the inlet starts above the farmstead of Unaós, leading to the river Selfljót, continuing along its banks to the mouth at Krosshöfði., The trail continues still to the cliffs of Stapavík. In the early 20th century, this trading point was important for the broad valley of Fljótsdalshérað, and goods were brought ashore in the inlet until the late1940s when a road was built over the mountain range to Borgarfjörður Eystri which offers excellent harbor facilities.

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Stórurð

One of East Iceland's most illustrious spots is the Stórurð ("The Giant Boulders"), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjörður Eystri. Stórurð lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows, and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2.5 hours on foot from Vatnsskarð pass. To enjoy Dyrfjöll and Stórurð a whole day plan is highly recommended.

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Streitishvarf

From Streiti lighthouse, south of Breiðdalur valley, there is a beautiful view over the ocean. A marked hiking trail leads around the peninsula Streitishvarf and the area is well suited for outdoor activities for the whole family.

Strútsfoss

Start from the sign near Sturluflöt which is the innermost farm in Suðurdalur, east of Kelduá river. Walk along the banks of Fellsá river on the east side of Villingadalur valley. The waterfall can't be seen until one is quite far into the valley once there one can walk along Strútsgil creek. The cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp is to be found up by Strútsgil creek. You can not get to the waterfall except by going into the creek and crossing the river a few times which can be treacherous.

Strútsfoss waterfall is on the list of nature reserves.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N64°54.194-W15°02.314

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Studlagil Canyon

Stuðlagil is considered to be one of Iceland's largest collections of basalt columns. Stuðlagil is in the glacial river Jökulsá á Dal, there is a marked hiking trail from the farm Grund that will lead you to two scenic points with different views to the gorge.

From the period 1 May - 10 June many pink-footed geese breed along the gorge. Visitors are requested not to come at this time as well as to stay on the marked paths.

Stuttidalur

Walk from the sign by road nr. 1 close by Haugaá river. Go through a gate and then walk by the fence approx 600 m. Keep on walking the staked trail. Stuttidalur lies east between Hallbjarnarstaðatindur and Haugafjall. The cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp is by the pond a short distance by Sjónarhraun. If you prefer a different route back the one way is crossing the river and passing through Haugahólar hills on the way to your starting point.

Haugahólar hills were formed by a huge landslide, one of the largest ever from Haugafjall, and lie between Stuttidalur and Vatnsdalur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

GPS : N64°59.173-W14°35.217


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Þerribjörg cliffs

Drive the main road up Hellisheiði mountain and when you've reached where you are about the highest part, take an off-road trail to the right from there until you've reached Kattárdalsdrög. The trail leads to Kattárdal valley. There is a sign where you can park your car and start walking. The trail is staked to the edge of the cliffs above Múlahöfn harbor. From there (65°45.144 - W14°21.964) lies a trail below the edge, down a rocky slope down to Múlahöfn, one of the natures' masterpieces surrounded by cliffs and huge pillars of rock on two sides.

This harbor was declared an official trading harbor in 1890 but was only used once as such because of the complications when bringing the shipment further on land. From the harbor, walk north to the outer point. From there one can see Þerribjarg and Langisandur shore. The cylinder with the visitors' log and a stamp is by the trail leading down to the beach. Hikers are encouraged to go down and walk along the sand under Þerribjarg cliffs before turning back.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°45.336-W14°20.990

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Tinna Millenium Forest

In the summer of 2000 a forest project was started in Eydalir by Landnyrðingsskólbakkar. It was a part of the National Millenium Forest Project. The area is ideal for walks and other outdoor activities. In the 1950s a considerable forestry took place on the banks of river Tinna in Valley Norðurdalur, approx. 1 km. off the national highway. At Staðarborg in Valley Breiðdalur a green region has also been established resulting in agreeable outdoor- and walking grounds.

Tverárgil canyon

The hiking path runs along Þverá river in Þverá canyon. The canyon is exceptionally beautiful as you can see colorful rock formations from an old volcano, a pleasant contrast to the otherwise dark rocks of the Smjörfjöll mountains.

There is a rich bird life in this area, especially Icelandic highland birds. The view is magnificent over the Hofsá valley and out to sea.

The path is about two hours long and is a little bit upward. Therefore we put two shoes on the difficulty of the hike.

The starting point of the walk is above the Þverá river on rd. 919 - Sunnudalur road.

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Urðarhólar

A delightful short walk from Afrétt in the innermost part of Borgarfjörður Eystri takes the wanderer to Urðarhólar; idyllic scenery with hilly terrain and small ponds, rich birdlife and colorful view of the mountaintops. The marked trail is 3 km. But should you wish to extend it, there is much to see!

Vallanes

Vallanes is a farm and a vicarage, known for the habitation of many leading scholars and literates of centuries past. Today the farmers of Vallanes are renowned for organic farming and pioneer products, i.a. vegetables and barley. They also produce food and cosmetics under the brand name of "Móðir Jörð" - "Mother Earth".
In the last century, the locals of the surrounding district erected their community centre, Iðavellir, on the outskirts of Vallanes, and there the East Iceland Equestrian Association has its main hub on the grounds for races and shows.

Valþjófsstaður

Valþjófsstaður in Fljótsdalur valley enjoys a century-long reputation as a farm of prestige, a vicarage and a site of culture and distinction. In times of yore, it was the residence of the Þórarinsson brothers, Þorvarður, one of the most powerful men in Iceland in his day (d. 1297), and Oddur, a great warrior slain at farm Geldingaholt in 1255.
The famous Valþjófsstaður church door, one of the finest items in the National Museum at Reykjavík, derives from Valþjófsstaður. The present door is an exact replica.

Valtyshellir

Walk from the sign by road no 1 road east of Gilsá river (N65°08,172-W14°31.133), pass the ruins of Hátún which used to be a large farm in the early ages. It is said to have had 18 doors on iron hinges and latches. Remains of old rock fences are visible.

In the 19th century, an ancient sword was discovered there but it was promptly melted down and the metal cast for horseshoes and other necessities. Walk on further and along a flat grassy pasture named Kálfavellir. Valtýshellir is a small cavity further on behind some rubble north of Hjálpleysuvatn lake. The walk is about 8,4 km. The visitors' log and a stamp are by the cave.

GPS : N65°06.410-W14°28.517

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Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull national park established 7. June 2008, covers an area of 14,141 km2 (13,7% of Iceland). The eastern covers 2.384km2. There are many places to visit, and experience, the contrasts in the unique nature are magnificent. The battle between ice and fire still rages within the National Park's boundaries. Few other places in the world exhibit the effects of such a wide range of natural phenomena.
Among highlights of the east are Kverkfjöll, the home of Ice and fire, the oasis Hvannalindir, Snæfell the ancient volcano, where the reindeer roam and Eyjabakkar the celebrated home of the Pink-footed Goose.

Vattarnes

The Vattarnes fjord peninsular is a fabulous Coastline in the Eastfjords of Iceland.

Vestdalsvatn

A great trail for hiking which involves crossing Vestdalsheiði mountain range, from Hérað to Seyðisfjörður. Vestdalsheiði heath used to be a frequently traveled road. People walked along Gilsá river, across the heath, and into Vestdalur valley. Walk from the sign in Fjarðarheiði (N65°15.577-W14°13.524) and head towards the western part of the mountain Bjólfur. You will see the Lake when you get near the mountain.

This is a nice walk in rolling hills. When you get to Vesdalsvatn you can choose between three routes if you don´t want to take the same route back. Down Vestdalur by a staked trail to Seyðisfjörður; down Gilsárdalur valley down towards Gilsárteigur farm (east of Eiðar in Fljótsdalshérað) or go west of Bjólfur mountain down to Stafdalur valley. The cylinder with the visitors' logbook and a stamp is where Gilsá river runs out from the lake. You will need to cross the river if you choose to walk from Fjarðarheiði.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°17.102-W14°17.887

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Víknaslóðir

In Borgarfjörður Eystri is the starting point for one of the best hiking areas in the country, the so-called "Víknaslóðir" or "The trails of the Inlets". This area is an extensive one but the trails are clearly indicated. A 10 days hike in the area is recommended - or a 5-day hike either around the Southern or the Northern area. In the village of Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður the traveler will be provided with good preparatory assistance in most fields relating to a visit to Víknaslóðir.

Völvuleiði

Situated some distance above the highway connecting the villages Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður is the burial mound of a prophetess said to be a guardian angel of the area. According to legend, as long as her bones remain intact - and the cairn indicating the site is maintained - the prophetess will continue to fulfill her protective role. Thus, in 1627 as the Algerian pirates who had previously pillaged the South and the Westman Islands, approached the eastern shore, the cunning lady produced a fog so massive that the scoundrels were compelled to take to the sea and abandon their lugubrious plans of manhunt and massacre.

Waterfall Circle

The Waterfall Circle is an 8 kilometers long hiking circle that starts and ends in Laugarfell. On the hike, you can see five waterfalls and one canyon. Some of these waterfalls are among the most powerful in East Iceland. Most famous of the waterfalls are Kirkjufoss and Faxi.

This beautiful hike is getting more and more popular among hikers. After the hike then it is a good idea to take a bath in the hot springs in Laugarfell.

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Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur