If you visit only one town in the Eastfjords, this should be it. Made up of multicoloured wooden houses and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls, obscenely picturesque Seyðisfjörður is the most historically and architecturally interesting town in east Iceland. It’s also a friendly place with a community of artists, musicians and craftspeople.
Summer is the liveliest time to visit, particularly when the Smyril Line’s ferry Norröna sails majestically up the 17km-long fjord to the town – a perfect way to arrive in Iceland.
If the weather’s good, the scenic Rte 93 drive from Egilsstaðir is a delight, climbing to a high pass then descending along the waterfall-filled river Fjarðará.