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East Iceland Vacation Packages

Hike through the reserves and parks of snowy highlands overlooking lagoons on the opposite side of the country from the capital.

East Iceland is an immense area comprising several towns and a national park with a glacier and many picturesque rock formations. Its largest municipality is Egilsstaðir which is home to more than 2,000 inhabitants. Travel around the region to take in the charm of the many lagoons, islands and fishing villages.

For a comprehensive understanding of the geology and history of the area, visit the many museums of its second largest town, Höfn. Inspect the intriguing displays at the Höfn Glacier Museum to learn about the Vatnajokull Glacier that rises above the town. Visit Huldusteinn to see an array of precious rocks from East Iceland and stroll through Hornafjörður Art Museum for its collection of landscape paintings.

Explore the East Fjords region, a spectacular terrain carved apart by Ice Age glaciers. Visit the various quaint villages enclosed by mountains and bodies of water. Note the charming wooden cottages and old-world feel. Hiking and kayaking are among the popular activities here.

Enjoy the views of the snow-capped highlands, such as Snaefell Mountain, that are a predominant feature of East Iceland.

Visit the farmstead of Skriðuklaustur, a museum dedicated to its former inhabitant and author, Gunnar Gunnarsson. Its café serves many local delights. Try the culinary specialties of the region at the many restaurants with extensive views over rolling green hills. Seafood dishes are popular on the coast, as is a type of almond cake dessert.

The climate differs dramatically across this vast section of land due to varying altitudes and proximity to the coast. In general, expect warm summers and cold winters with snow. Höfn is among the driest parts of the country.

The region takes up a vast land area of 8,772 square miles (22,721 square kilometers) on the eastern portion of the country. Several domestic flights bring passengers to East Iceland from the capital city of Reykjavik. To reach the area from mainland Europe, take a passenger ferry to Seydisfjordur Harbour from Hirtshals in Denmark.

East Iceland is at times flamboyant with its white mountains and stunning terrain, but also retains a subtle charm away from the urban culture of Reykjavik.


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Icelandair Hotel Herad $109
Icelandair Hotel Herad

Icelandair Hotel Herad

Midvangur 5-7, Egilsstadir
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 240 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Egilsstadir, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from East Iceland Heritage Museum and 8.4 mi (13.6 km) from Lagarfljot. Seydisfjordur Harbour and Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art are also within 20 mi (32 km).

    Fosshotel Eastfjords $110
    Fosshotel Eastfjords

    Fosshotel Eastfjords

    Hafnagata 12, Faskrudsfjordur
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 133 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from French in Iceland Museum and within 20 mi (32 km) of Icelandic Wartime Museum and Petra Steinasafn. East Iceland Heritage Museum is 31.1 mi (50 km) away.

      Studio Guesthouse Seydisfjordur $107
      Studio Guesthouse Seydisfjordur

      Studio Guesthouse Seydisfjordur

      Austurvegur 18-20, Seydisfjordur
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 20 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Seydisfjordur, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art and Seydisfjordur Harbour. East Iceland Heritage Museum and Lagarfljot are also within 32 mi (52 km).

        Hótel Valaskjálf $115
        Hótel Valaskjálf

        Hótel Valaskjálf

        Skogarlondum 3, Egilsstadir
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 22 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to East Iceland Heritage Museum and Fardaga Waterfall. Regional attractions also include Lagarfljot and Seydisfjordur Harbour.

          Lyngás Guesthouse $68
          Lyngás Guesthouse

          Lyngás Guesthouse

          Lyngás 5-7, Egilsstadir
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 52 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Egilsstadir, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from East Iceland Heritage Museum and 8.7 mi (14 km) from Lagarfljot. Seydisfjordur Harbour and Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            Birta Guesthouse $66
            Birta Guesthouse

            Birta Guesthouse

            Tjarnarbraut 7, Egilsstadir
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 2 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Egilsstadir, this guesthouse is close to East Iceland Heritage Museum and Fardaga Waterfall. Regional attractions also include Lagarfljot and Seydisfjordur Harbour.

              Olga Guesthouse $67
              Olga Guesthouse

              Olga Guesthouse

              Tjarnarbraut 3, Egilsstadir
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Egilsstadir, this guesthouse is close to East Iceland Heritage Museum and Fardaga Waterfall. Regional attractions also include Lagarfljot and Seydisfjordur Harbour.

                Hotel Eskifjörður $174
                Hotel Eskifjörður

                Hotel Eskifjörður

                Strandgata 47, Eskifjordur
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Eskifjordur, this hotel is in the same region as Icelandic Wartime Museum and French in Iceland Museum.

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