Southeast Iceland

Fláajökull is 8km off the Ring Road on a gravel road (signposted just east of Hólmur guesthouse) that leads to a small car park with pit toilet. A suspension bridge here (which gave walkers front-row views of the glacier) was washed away in 2017 floods but there are plans to rebuild. Glacier walks, led by Glacier Trips, are operated on Fláajökull – this is a great alternative to Skaftafell-area glacier walks, as the area sees few tourists.

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1. Heinabergsjökull

4.57 MILES

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2. Flatey Farm

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3. Hoffellsjökull

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From the Hoffell guesthouse, a signed, 4km gravel road leads to Hoffellsjökull glacier tongue, calving into a small lake. There are some good short walks…

4. Gamlabúð

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5. Seamen's Monument

12.44 MILES

This monument stands on Ósland, the bird-filled promontory south of the harbour. Head here for good walks and views.

6. Þórbergssetur

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7. Diamond Beach

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