East Iceland Nature and Culture – Shore ExcursionHrefna I. Melsteð2021-11-12T13:25:25+00:00
This day tour introduces you to the stunning and diverse nature of the East Iceland fjords and mountains. It also gives you an intimate look into Icelandic culture and the history of the area. During this tour, you will see beautiful little-known waterfalls, a tranquil black sand beach, and breathtaking shorelines with cliffs, islands, and lighthouses. You will visit an old abandoned farm as well as the ruins of a village. You will also visit a rural community church as well as one museum of choice.
Also, it is not uncommon to see reindeer in this part of the country, especially in wintertime.
Traveling in a 4×4 Super-Jeep with the capacity of max. 10 passengers, and with the travel style of slow travel, the experience becomes as strong as ever.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours Operated: May – September Difficulty:Easy Meeting point: Possible pickup at guesthouses in any of the following towns, Breiðdalsvík, Stöðvarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Reyðarfjörður, and Egilsstaðir Minimum: 2 Adults Languages: English, Spanish, and Icelandic What to bring:
– Warm clothing
– Good hiking shoes
– Water bottle Note:
– Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour.
– For a private version of this tour send us an e-mail at email@example.com
The museum stop is not mentioned since they can vary from tour to tour based on the choice of a museum.
From Seyðisfjörður we drive over the mountain to Egilsstaðir.
From there we head to Breiðdalsvík driving over the mountain road Breiðdalsheiði. There we can see a 100 years old road construction by the side of the more recent road.
In Jórvík, we visit abandoned farms, which give a glimpse into how regular Icelanders used to live in the late 19th to early 20th century as well as being in an important geological site and displaying delightful flora during summertime.
After that, we visit the Flögufoss waterfall and from there on the Beljandi waterfall. To arrive at those waterfalls, we do some trailing on rough roads, and after we visit Beljandi waterfall, we cross the river below it at a point where there are no bridges.
The next stop is at the local church at Heydalir, where you get a chance to see an example of a typical rural church in Iceland, as well as a peek into a part of Icelandic culture.
Then, we head on towards Fáskrúðsfjörður. Before we get there, we stop at Hafnarnes lighthouse. Near the lighthouse, there used to be a fishing village, but now there are only the remains of houses left by the population that lived there.
On the way, we go along the coast with rugged seascape, from where we have a great view of the island Skrúður, the home to a legend of a troll.
Heading on, we drive into Reyðarfjörður fiord and on towards Egilsstaðir. On the way, we stop at a small canyon, appreciating the alluring view before returning to Seyðisfjörður.