The Eastfjörds offer peace, serenity and a different slice of Iceland to what you might see in the south coast. Stunning fjords and majestic mountains meet charming fishing villages and a more sleepy pace of life. Egilsstaðir is the “Capital of the East“ and its the main hub, but Seyðisfjörður is perhaps its most famous village with its beautiful blue church and charming streets.
Sharing boundaries with Vatnajökull National Park, the Eastfjörds are never short on exquisite scenery, and also have their own stunning waterfalls such as Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss, with the jaw-dropping Stuðlagil canyon fast becoming the areas most popular attraction.
Hikers are in their element here, too. The Viknaslóðir trails in Borgarfjörður-Eystri offer a variety of mountain paths. These are less travelled, and as such you are far less likely to encounter another soul in what can be anything from 5-10 days, unlike the more popular Laugavegur hiking trail in the central highlands. The weather also fares slightly better on this side of the island too, and it enjoys a little more sunshine and milder temperatures.
Reindeer – Hreindýr (h-rayn-deer)
The Eastfjörds also boast a variety of wildlife, none more famous the Icelandic reindeer.
Whilst not being native to Iceland, the reindeer have been roaming free since the late 18th century. They were brought over from Norway for farming, but things did not exactly go to plan. Harsh conditions almost wiped the population out, but they survived and can be found around the Eastfjörds, so you can always keep your eyes peeled for Rudolph‘s Icelandic cousins. You can also find puffins, mink, Icelandic foxes and a rich variety of birdlife.