Category: East Iceland

Most Popular Tours in Iceland

Iceland is filled with natural wonders, with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers all on the “must See” list for every visitor. Besides these amazing natural wonders, Iceland is home to a host of other attractions and stunning natural beauty, all of which are just waiting to be explored.

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Let’s take a look at just a few of the attractions that we believe everyone should find time to visit while in Iceland:

Golden Circle

Some of the most amazing sights available in Iceland can be found on the Golden Circle tour. It all begins at the Strokkur geyser in the Geysir geothermal area, where water shoots as high as 30 meters (98 feet) in the air every 4-8 minutes. You barely have time to catch your breath before you visit the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall. As part of the river Hvítá, the falls cascade into crevice that is 32 m (105 ft.) deep.

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Also included in the Golden Circle tour is the geological marvel that is Thingvellir National Park. This is where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are gradually being pulled apart, at a rate of a few centimeters annually.

If you plan on visiting during the winter months, add the Northern Lights tour.

northern lights tour iceland

Landmannalaugar

The Landmannalaugar are geothermal nature baths that are located in the South Highlands of Iceland, and are a definite addition to any travel itinerary. They are a geological wonder that really should not be missed.

One of the greatest ways to get a look at this spot in the winter and summer months is via a Jeep tour. If you are running on a budget, or don’t have a lot of time, we suggest you start this particular tour in Árnes.

landmannalaugar tour
If it’s hiking you are interested in, Landmannalaugar is usually where the 5-day hike known as “Laugavegurinn” begins. Remember to pack a towel!

Whale watching

Húsavík is located right on the edge of Shaky Bay, and is considered to be one of the world’s prime locations for whale watching. If it’s whales you are after, there is no better place in Iceland than Húsavík.

There simply isn’t any other spot in the country where you will have a better shot at seeing whales in their natural habitat. Whale Watching tours in Husavík from only 49€.

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Horse riding

You don’t have to be a riding enthusiast to get a kick out of taking a ride on an Icelandic horse. These strong little horses are about as cute as it gets, but they are also strong and steady on their feet. Even if you ridden a horse before, you will not have experienced that unique gait called a tölt, of the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse that can run this way, which is faster than a trot, but totally smooth.

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Volcano experience

The Bárðarbunga volcanic system North of Vatnajökull Glacier is home to Holuhraun, where a volcano has been active since August 2014. The eruption has maintained a steady strength and volume since day one, and shows no sign of slowing down.

You can even get to watch the volcano from the comfort of your own home.

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Dive in Silfrá

As mentioned earlier, the North American and Eurasian plates sit on a rift in Iceland, and they are slowly but surely moving apart.

One of the best vantage points of what is going on can be found underwater. The glacier fed lake of Silfra contains water that is about as clear as it gets. Dry suits are an absolute must in the frosty waters of the lake. Amazing tour in Silfrá!

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Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)

Camper Iceland – Camper Rental in Iceland

Tourists love traveling around Iceland in campers. This is because when you travel this way you are able to see a lot more of what Iceland has to offer for a reasonable price and it cuts down on the amount of planning that you have to do.

Camper Iceland

Keep in mind Hotels are usually booked as soon the spring season begins. Therefore, finding an available hotel means you have to book months before your trip.

Below you will find eleven reasons to rent a camper van when in Iceland.

  1. It saves you money from having to rent a car and pay for an overpriced hotel.
  2. Iceland allows tourists to park their camper vans anywhere for one night.
  3. You are able to meet other friendly people.
  4. Iceland’s weather is always changing; therefore, you want to make sure that you are mobile and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Imagine how horrible it would be if it started raining while you were asleep in your tent and had to pack up the tent and remain wet inside of your car.
  5. You can enjoy nature without having to deal with the hassles of having tents.
  6. If you have children, a campervan allows them to be able to experience more activities, so they do not tire out and become fussy during the drives
  7. You can go anywhere you want and sleep wherever you want
  8. Iceland has roads made of asphalt, which is ideal for any type of camper.
  9. You do not have to plan your trip. You can just go wherever your heart desires.
  10. You have great views at all times since Iceland does not have many trees.
  11. You save money by having access to be able to cook instead of eating out every day.

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Closing Thoughts

Iceland is a beautiful place for you to experience nature at its finest. For some tourists it is an expensive place to visit yet if you rent a camper van (Camper Rental Iceland), even a luxurious one (Campervan Iceland), you will find that you will enjoy your trip to the fullest and you will have saved yourself a lot of money too.

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Travel Guide Iceland – Reykjavík (Iceland)

Travel in Wintertime in Iceland

Wintertime is once again upon us, and it is this time of year that I am reminded of my trip to Iceland. Winter is a great time to visit Iceland, the beauty of the Northern Lights in a crisp, clear starlit sky is something to behold. The snow capped mountains and frozen waterfalls give the place a truly unique and magical feel.

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I also remembered a few practical points to keep in mind when travelling in Iceland in the winter. Here are my top five tips:

Don’t give up on the Northern Lights

If you are travelling in Iceland in the winter months then you are sure to have more than a passing interest in the Northern Lights. Your chances of seeing them are good, but bear in mind that they are an unpredictable natural phenomenon. You may get unlucky and not see them at all. You can increase your chances by heading out of urban areas (light pollution can seriously hinder your view) and by being diligent. Sightings are possible from early evening through to the early hours – so be prepared to stay up late and you just never know!

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Remember the weather can change

The weather is notoriously changeable in Iceland. If you are heading out for the day check the weather reports – and be prepared for the exact opposite conditions to prevail. The good news is that Iceland is surprisngly mild in the Winter thanks to the warm air from the Gulf Stream. Temperatures in the capital area usually hover around 0 degrees.

Drive carefully

If you do hire a car in Iceland over winter then it goes without saying that you need to drive carefully, observing the speed limits and road signs, and keeping a close eye on the (possibly changing) road conditions. Driving within the capital area should present no problems, but when you venture further afield you are strongly advised to check the road conditions, (vegagerdin.is gives you a comprehensive overview of the state of the roads in Iceland in English) and take extra special care. Your vehicle should be provided with studded tires which will make it much easier to handle in slippy conditions.

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Make use of the hot springs

There is something really special about bathing in warm water whilst sat outside. Especially in winter. Geothermally heated hot pots are plentiful, both of the natural and man made variety. It is a wonderful way to relax after a long day, and no trip to Iceland would be compete without visiting one.

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Pack warm layers

This one is important! Good quality clothes that you can wear in layers as oppose to thicker clothes is the key here. The oxygen between the layers helps keep you insulated and you can add or remove layers as the weather dictates. A warm waterproof coat and good quality boots are essential in winter. It is worth mentioning that the pavements of downtown Reykjavík are heated in winter, so walking about can be done in whatever footwear you desire!

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Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)

East Iceland – Deep in the Fjords

Carved through the ages by  retreating glaciers, the dramatic Icelandic east coast features deep fjords surrounded by jagged peaked mountains that contrast with the surrounding rich and fertile farmland. The natural harbours are home to numerous picture-postcard fishing villages. Visitors who negotiate the roads that hug this coastline are rewarded with some of the most striking views in Iceland.

Reyðarfjörður

Here are some of the most impressive towns in the East Fjords. During winter there is an enchanting, almost magical atmosphere around these towns as snow envelopes the surrounding landscape and the Northern Lights illuminate the skies.

Reyðarfjörður

The village of Reyðarfjörður, has a population of a little over 600 and nestles on the fjörd of the same name. Reyðarfjörður is the largest fjörd on the east coast and the village bases itself around a naturally sheltered harbour.

For such a small place there is a surprising amount of things to do and see. Historians maybe interested in the museum that is dedicated to the British occupation of the village during the Second World War. Andapollurinn, which is a large duck pond in the centre of the village boasts great fishing opportunities, thanks to the large number of salmon that are released into it. Fishing permits are available nearby. Possibly the most curious attraction in town is the warm spring at the head of the fjord, where a makeshift hotpot has been created by diverting warm water into old dilapidated vehicle.

Andapollurinn

As you´d expect there are also numerous hiking and walking trails in the vicinity. Mount Grænafell is very popular. Passing through a beautiful gorge, it takes about 2 hours to reach its summit. Once there, the panoramic view over Reyðarfjörður that greets you is stunning.  The more adventurous hiker can tackle the 985 m high Hólmatindur which rises behind the town.

Seyðisfjörður

Flanked on both sides by towering mountains, the long and narrow fjord of Seyðisfjörður is home to a village that shares its name. Seyðisfjörður (population approximately 800) is arguably one of the most picturesque villages in the whole of Iceland. 19th century Norwegian-style architecture is a prominent feature of the older parts of the village. There is also a Technical museum, a swimming pool,  quality restaurants (the East Fjörds is renowned for its good food) and several exhilarating hiking trails that wind through the nearby mountains.

The village has a thriving art scene, but Seyðisfjörður´s  main role is as a ferry port, connecting Iceland to the Faroe Islands and mainland Europe. The passenger and car ferry Norræna / Smyril Line operate scheduled weekly tours between Seyðisfjörður and the European mainland all year round.

Seyðisfjörður
Eskifjörður

Eskifjörður, like many villages in the East Fjörds, is named after the fjord upon which it sits. This friendly little village, home to almost 1000 individuals  is centred on a small sand spit, and spreads out across the hills on the fjord’s northern coast. The magnificent Mount Hólmatindur towers above the town from the other side of the fjörd. Fantastic views of the interior of Iceland are afforded from its summit.

Fishing and small scale farming are its main industries, and visitors can find out more at the Maritime Museum, located in an old store that dates back to the first half of the 19th century.

Eskifjörður

One of the most popular sights is Helgustaðanáman mine, which is a 10 minute drive from the town. The mine is a well known source of Icelandic spar and the surrounding area is a nature reserve open to all completely free of charge.

Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)