EAST

Sænautasel - Egilsstaðir - Hengifoss waterfall  - Skriðuklaustur Monastery  - Hallormsstaður - Seyðisfjörður - Geirstaðakirkja - Húsey - Kárahnjúkar/ Dimmugljúfur canyon - Fáskrúðsfjörður - Stöðvarfjörður - Breiðdalsvík- Snæfell/Vatnajökull National Park 

The East part of Iceland is often referred to as Iceland's best kept secret for a good reason. Full of breathtaking fjords, cosy fishing villages, strong connection to the Icelandic heritage and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation make this part of Iceland truly unique.

Day 1: History and Nature of the East

When driving by the northern route towards Egilsstaðir, make sure to visit Sænautasel, a reconstructed turf farmhouse with a fascinating story connected to the last eurption of the Askja volcano. Explore the city of Egilsstaðir and head to the Hengifoss waterfall, surrounded with basaltic formations - is a sight you dont want to miss. Next, drive to the centre of culture and history - Skriðuklaustur Monastery, which is a historical site with the ruins of a 16th century monastery, revealed in an archeaological excavation in the years 2002-2012.

Afterwards take a walk in Hallormstaður, which is the largest forest in Iceland and try to spot a reindeer in the surroundings, as East of Iceland is the only place these beautiful animals reside.

Day 2: The Fjords

Venture out to the Eastern fjords. Seyðisfjörður is a great place to visit not only for its spectacular views and a truly cosy atmosphere, but also for its flourishing art and cultural scene. The Borgarfjörður Eystri region is a paradise for bird watchers, where excellent facilities provide an opportunity to spot up to twenty species at once.

On your way back to the city, visit Húsey a picturesque place situated between two glacial rivers with access to rich wildlife. Don’t miss stopping by Geirstaðakirkja, which is a beautiful little turf church with its ruins dating back to a thousand years ago.

Day 3: Hiking in paradise

The East of Iceland offers endless hiking opportunities for beginners and the more advanced. It is recommended to dedicate a day to explore these spectacular areas on foot, far into the untouched nature. A trip to the Kárahnjúkar dam as well as Hafrahvamma- and Dimmugljúfur canyons is one such option, but many others can be accommodated with a help of many local guides.

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