East Iceland is an area of many charms. But it´s an area that has not reached the same fame as the south-east or the north of Iceland.
Here are 10 reasons why you should make East Iceland a destination on its own and stop by if you are on your way around Iceland.
- The fiords and valleys
The narrow fiords and valleys surrounded by high mountains make for a stunning view any time of the year. It is a scenery you don´t want to miss out on. Drive around, have a picnic and enjoy.
- The mountains
The special structure of the East Iceland mountains will give you an insight into the one of the geologically oldest parts of Iceland. The mountains are very different from one fiord to the next so take a drive around and have a look.
In Breiðdalssetur geological research museum you can find good information and expert insight into the geology of Iceland.
East Iceland has an uncountable amount of waterfalls. They are of all sizes and shapes. Even though they may not be as big as some other in waterfalls in Iceland they are just as beautifull as they are diverse and charming. They also come with a bonus, you don´t have to go far out of your way to find them.
- The small villages
There are many small fishing villages in this part of the country. Each one of them has its own character and charm. To walk around the little towns is time well spent. So is visiting the many museums, markets and cafés in the divers towns.
- The Reindeer
The Reindeer were first brought to Iceland in 1771 but were only able to live here after they were located in East Iceland in 1780 and they have only been able to establish a population in this part of the country. That alone is a good reason to visit East Iceland in wintertime when they are the most visible.
- The highlands
Many wonderful places in the Icelandic highlands are at close range from East Iceland. Among these places are the stunning Tröllakrókar and Mt. Kistufell. Those places are stunning to see covered in snow with a great impressive view.
Although puffins can be found in many places in Iceland they are not always easily seen. In East Iceland there are a few solid places for a good view at puffins either by land or sea.
Although the entire island has rich mythology East Iceland is a place where you can really feel it´s presence.
Eg. Borgarfjörður Eystra is renowned for elves. Just ask the locals for some stories about their area.
- The East Iceland fog
It´s a phenomenon on its own. The East cost of Iceland is specially prone to thick fog which can sometimes
seem overwhelming. But if you just step outside and take a deep breath it is very relaxing and charming in it´s own right.
Unlike many renown tourist places in Iceland the east cost has not become as crowded as the rest of the country. Therefore you should really take advantage of this perk.