East Iceland in detail

When to go and weather

  • Winter has its own rewards (snowy landscapes, clear skies for Northern Lights viewing), but the best time for exploring the mountains and fjords of the east is from May to September.
  • Hiking is generally best from around July, after snow has melted at high altitudes.
  • Puffins hang around in Borgarfjörður Eystri and Papey from mid-April to early/mid-August.