Eastern Region

Hofn featuring mountains, general coastal views and mist or fog
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.

Popular cities in Eastern Region

East Iceland showing general coastal views, a cascade and mountains
Known for Poolside bars, Lakes and Excursions
Relaxing Egilsstadir awaits: its northern lights, lake views, museums, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Hengifoss
  • Lagarfljot
  • Fardaga Waterfall
Jokulsarlon Lagoon which includes snow as well as a small group of people
Known for Dining, Glaciers and Poolside bars
Hike along spectacular trails, delve into mysterious ice caves and spot seals at glacial lagoons near black beaches in this otherworldly realm.

Reasons to visit

  • Ingolfshofdi
Known for Friendly people, Marinas and Hiking
Trip time! Discover the marina, hiking, and art in Seydisfjordur.
Explore attractions like Icelandic Wartime Museum and Neskaupstaður's Museum House as you discover things to see and do in Fjardabyggd.
Hofn featuring mountains, general coastal views and mist or fog
Known for Glaciers, Mountains and Seafood
Enjoy the excellent views of a lagoon and a glacial mountain from this quaint harbor town on the country’s eastern coast.
In the little harbour there’s a hill where puffins settle in summer and you can get really close to them! Best to see early or late in the day, they are out fishing midday 😊
Borgarfjordur Eystri
Known for Spas, Sea and Small town
Romantic Borgarfjordur Eystri awaits: its spas, northern lights, oceanfront, and more!