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Grazia Escapes: East Iceland

Forget five-star spas; a week in east Iceland’s fresh air is a better tonic than any fancy treatment, says Anna Silverman...

Think of visiting Iceland and it is likely you will plan a trip to the bustling capital city, Reykjavik. But I’ll let you in on a little secret; the east of Iceland is untouched, unexplored and picturesque. It’s the perfect remedy when your mind and body are crying out for a detox, as mine were before setting off to explore this incredible country. Little did I know I was about to stumble upon nature’s own wellness retreat.

From enjoying the ancient tradition of bathing in the geothermal pools to yoga and hiking on the wild beaches, the calming scenery helps me switch off, restore and press reset. In this beautiful part of the world, the sense of untamed nature is profound. After all, it is known as ‘the land of fire and ice’. The dramatic landscape is epic and includes mountains, waterfalls and lakes so still they mirror the hills and sky above.

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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