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Stuðlagil. Photo: Þráinn Kolbeinsson | @thrainnko

Visiting East Iceland just got easier!

In July we shared the exciting announcement that Condor airline will offer direct flights between Germany and Egilsstaðir in 2023.
Lagarfljót. photo: Þráinn Kolbeinsson | @thrainnko

The A to Z of family travel in Austurland

Whatever the age of your kids, we’ve got places to excite them, inspire their imagination, and bring science lessons to life. And why should kids have all the fun? This is an adult-friendly place too!
Askur Taproom, a local brewery and bar in Egilsstaðir. Photo: Jessica Auer

Breweries in Austurland

East Iceland is home to a handful of breweries that make delicious craft beers from the country’s pure water. Creativity is often on display, with beers that take inspiration from intriguing local ingredients (hello wasabi!), or perhaps are named for unique local features (from mountain peaks to hidden trolls). You can try Austurland’s beers at these 3 fun, friendly breweries in unexpected locations, and look for them being served in local restaurants and bars.
Photo: Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson

Spectacular Stuðlagil canyon

Austurland’s Stuðlagil canyon recently gained a big moment in the spotlight, thanks to visitors (domestic and foreign) blown away by its beauty. You can see why, can’t you? There’s simply no bad angle to this gorgeous gorge in East Iceland.
Photo: Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson | @icelandic_explorer

The puffin capital of Iceland

Puffins are among the biggest crowd-pleasers in Iceland each spring and summer. In Austurland, the very best place to see them is in Borgarfjörður eystri.
Photo: Fannar Magnússon

Austurland Freeride Festival 2022

The Austurland Freeride Festival is an annual mountain skiing and snowboarding event headquartered in Eskifjörður and using the Oddskarð ski area as its base. It was created by local enthusiasts: mountain guides and skiing pros who know these mountains well and could see the potential of a winter festival with a difference.
Herðubreið, 2019. Boris Vitásek (SK). Second Litany. Photographer: Chantal Anderson

Seyðisfjörður’s celebration of light

One of Austurland’s highlights is Seyðisfjörður, the pretty fjord town that offers year-round art and creativity with lots of color and flair. Its rainbow-painted main street is a traveler favorite, and the unspoiled nature in its surrounding mountains and valleys is a joy to explore.

Christmas in East Iceland

Every year, in the lead-up to Christmas, many children around the world become fixated on reindeer. Not in Iceland, however - even though reindeer roam wild here in Austurland. Santa Claus and his reindeer-pulled sleigh play relatively no part in Icelandic Christmas traditions. Instead, children are visited by 13 Yule Lads in the days preceding Christmas.

Seyðisfjörður and Breiðdalsvík on Travel and Leisure's list of best small towns

The happy family

AUSTURLAND: The perfect destination for a family trip

Thrainn Kolbeinsson is an Icelandic adventure and travel photographer. Recently he went on a vacation with his family in East Iceland. With his wife and two children (8 months and 3 years old) he recently visited some of their favourite locations in the Eastfjords. Here he shares why he thinks the Eastfjords might be the perfect destination for a family trip and shares a few tips for people traveling with children in Iceland.

Exploring The Ring of Riverdale with the entire family

A blog post by Gunnar Freyr, Icelandic Explorer about his family trip, the Ring of Riverdale.

Dyrfjallahlaup race will be held for the fifth time this summer.

Two new routes this summer