Trip to Eastern Iceland – 5 Days Trip Report
Take a domestic flight to Egilsstaðir, the capital town of the east. After settling in to your chosen accommodation, Visit the small town centre and check if the Sláturhúsið cultural centre is having an exhibition or an event that day. Treat yourself to a dip at the municipal swimming pool and soak up the Icelandic atmosphere – it will immediately put you in a good mood for the rest of your stay!
The next day, take a trip to Djúpivogur, make a short detour to admire the cascade of Hengifoss and monastic ruins of Skriðuklaustur. Continue until Stöðvarfjörður, a small village at the foot of the mountain Hellufjall, which is 850 meters high. Formerly an important place for fishing, the town has been converted into a haven for travellers and artists – a fish factory of 2800 square meters has been transformed into a cultural and artistic centre. The area around the valley of Jafnadalur is perfect for walking. Fáskrúðsfjörður is a small town with 700 inhabitants and very strong historical links to France. French sailors represented a part of the Fáskrúðsfjörður society in the 20th century and this heritage is still visible today. To the east of the town, several waterfalls hide along the road; the most popular is certainly Gilsárfoss because you can walk behind the waterfall. The walk along the Gilsá River takes about a quarter of an hour.
Head to Reyðarfjörður, a village known for its skiing and winter sports. There is a path you can take from the centre of the village, that follows the river, which will take you to the War Museum; It mainly traces the occupation of eastern Iceland during the Second World War. If you continue your journey after the museum you will come to the beautiful little waterfall Búðarárfoss and pretty Svínadalur Valley. You can also explore the gorges of the Geithúsaá river, or climb the mountain of Grænafell.
The village of Eskifjörður is known for its rare collection of pebbles and large rocks of Iceland, which you can visit at Sören and Sigurborg. Another interesting visit of the region is the former spar mine Helgustaðanáma, one of the best known in the world at the time and now a protected site. Neskaupstaður in Nordfjordur, is the largest town of the area, with about 1500 inhabitants. It was built around the old farm “Nes” which was the home to Erik the red. Neskaupstaður is also sadly known for its avalanches, which killed twelve people in 1974. Today you can visit the structures that are supposed to prevent any avalanches from causing harm or damage. These structures are located at the top of the town, where you can also enjoy a spectacular view of the fjord.
Gerpir, gets its name from the 661 meters high mountain, which is the oldest in Iceland. It is a real paradise for hikers, kayak enthusiasts and nature lovers, we advise you to spend the day there and discover its natural treasures. The association Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna has made great efforts to create marked trails in the region. You can find a detailed map of the walks and hikes available in Gerpir at the tourist offices and shops in the area.
The small village of Brekkuþorp, more commonly known as Mjóifjörður, has about 30 inhabitants. You can admire the magnificent waterfalls of Klifbrekkufossar and visit Mjoeyri Beach, which is known for being the last place of execution in Iceland. At the end of the Mjóifjörður Fjord you will find the most eastern point of the country, Dalantagi. The view from the end of the world is breath-taking, with two lighthouses within visibility.
The oldest is made of basalt and was built in 1895; The second one dates back to 1908 and is still in operation today. Well known for its charming wooden houses, Seyðisfjörður Is especially popular for its bustling artistic activity. The Skaftfell Visual Arts Centre offers year-round exhibitions and events.
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