In East Iceland, the visitor will be astonished by the variety and contrast of the landscape.
Nature lovers will find every trait of Mother Nature in East Iceland: long impressive fjords, steep mountains and jagged peaks, broad, barren sands, geothermal pools, clear mountain streams, beautiful waterfalls, friendly and peaceful fishing villages, fertile and forested valleys with colorful vegetation, unpolluted shores and unique geological phenomena. All this is set against a background of impressive highlands, and at a further distance, Vatnajökull Glacier.
East Iceland is one of the oldest regions of Iceland, shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age, with ash from numerous volcanoes having spread over the field for centuries resulting in a very fertile soil.
While the residents of East Iceland are few in number, their culture is rich and varied. A visit to East Iceland will be most rewarding for culture and art enthusiasts. All year round visitors can enjoy fine local dining, comfortable and modern hotels and guesthouses, fabulous highland experiences, regional festivals, museums, theatre, concerts, and cultural centres.
The capital of East Iceland, Egilsstadir, is situated on the banks of Lagarfljot river, and the main service centre of East Iceland. In the summer, there is at least one festival a week, with a great variety of themes.