Category: East Iceland

Egilsstaðir – East Iceland

Sparsely populated and located far from the Mid-Atlantic ridge that runs through the country , the East coast is one of the oldest and geologically stable regions of Iceland. Mountains, fjörds and the largest forest in Iceland dominate the landscape, but the area also boasts a number of impressive waterfalls.

Egilsstaðir - East Iceland

Egilstaðir is the pulsing heart at the centre of East Iceland. The population is around 2000 if you include the neighbouring village of Fellabær. It is essentially a service town, acting as a focal point for the surrounding communities. All the facilities one expects from a major town – Post Office, banks, supermarkets can be found here. It also acts as a travel hub for the area, the main bus terminal and airport all operate out of Egilsstaðir.

Egilstaðir

WHAT TO SEE AROUND EGILSSTAÐIR

The East Iceland Heritage Museum

The cultural history of the area is preserved at the East Iceland Heritage Museum. A reconstructed 19th century farmhouse, complete with furnishings gives the visitor an appreciation of how life was for the inhabitants over 200 years ago. The museum also has relics dating back to the  time of the vikings.

Weekends visitors can observe spinning and weaving demonstrations and go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.Due to renovations the museum is closed from the 1st of September 2014 until at least the end of May 2015. www.minjasafn.is – Laufskógar 1 – Tel. 471-1412

Lagarfljót

Egilsstaðir sits on the banks of the glacial river Lagarfljót. It has its source at the Vatnjökull glacier and flows north into the Arctic Ocean. Halfway through its journey the river transforms into a long narrow lake known as Lögurinn. The lake itself is 24km long, 2km wide and over 100 metres deep. Legend has it that in its murky depths resides the Lagarfljótsormurinn (the Lagarfljót monster). Over the years the monster has become a symbol of the area and there have been rumours of sightings. Cruises to the lake are offered from Egilsstaðir.

Lagarfljót

Hengifoss waterfall

Impressive waterfalls can be found just about everywhere in Iceland and the East is no exception. The country´s third highest waterfall Hengifoss (“hanging waterfall) is located in Hallormsstaður forest. Reaching to a height of around 120 m, the waterfall is surrounded by colourful strata. It is possible to hike to its summit via a well defined sheep track.

Hengifoss

Iceland’s third highest waterfall is Hengifoss (“hanging waterfall”). It is situated more or less across the lake from Hallormsstaður forest. It is 120 m high. Around Hengifoss there are colorful rock layers that add to the sensation of the hike to the waterfall, along a well-defined sheep track. On the way to the top you will encounter a smaller waterfall, Litlanessfoss that is surrounded by impressive basalt columns.

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Seyðisfjörður, East Region, Iceland

A place of singing waterfalls and peculiar characters, Seydisfjordur is a welcoming town booming with creativity and rich in history. Inhabited by about 700 people the town acts as one big family, and a friendly one at that. Everybody is welcome to their little paradise and want to share the goodness with you.

Visit Seydisfjordur, experience the flourishing art scene, try our guided tours and delightful hiking trails. Enjoy the local cuisine and the sensation of our unique town. Seydisfjordur is one of Lonely Planet’s top picks in Iceland.

Seydisfjordur

SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR HIKES

One popular walk from Seyðisfjörður starts by following the road along the north side of the fjord for a couple of kilometres to the Vestdalsá, the first real river you’ll encounter on the way. Just before you reach it, a trail heads uphill along Vestadalur, a valley leading up into the hills to a small lake, Vestdalsvatn, past several pretty waterfalls; allow five hours to make the return hike from town.

In the opposite direction, follow the road through town and out along the south side of the fjord for 8km to the site of Þórarinsstaðir, a former farm where archeologists unearthed the foundations of a church dating from the eleventh century, believed to be the oldest such remains in the country. Not much further on, Eyrar is yet another abandoned farm, though here the ruins are far more substantial; it’s hard to believe now, but this was once one of the region’s busiest settlements. Experienced hikers can spend an extra half-day walking south across mountains from here to Mjóifjörður, the next fjord south.

Mjoifjordur

Made up of multicoloured wooden houses and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls, obscenely picturesque Seyðisfjörður is the most historically and architecturally interesting town in east Iceland.

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