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Unexplored Iceland: A Visit to the East Coast

"East Iceland feels like what Reykjavik’s immediate environs used to before the tourist boom began some years back—quiet, remote, wild, and refreshingly untouched." - VIRGINIA VAN ZANTEN - VOGUE

On approach to Egilsstadir, a 60-minute flight east of Reykjavik, peer out of the window and you’ll see Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier, thousands of feet below, before it suddenly gives way to the Highlands—a vast, open expanse either blanketed by snow or punctuated by grazing sheep, depending on the season. And then come the fields—swaths of farmland, pastures, and even groves of trees (a highly unusual sight in the largely treeless Iceland), before landing on what might be one of the most picturesque tarmacs in the world. Deplane and take a deep breath of the impossibly fresh air before you pick up your rental car (you might easily be the only rental for the day) and head off into the wilds.

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