Welcome to East Iceland


Away from the convoluted coast, the country’s longest lake stretches southwest from Egilsstaðir, its shores lined with perfect diversions. Further inland are the forgotten farms, fells and reindeer-roamed heathlands of the empty east, and Snæfell, one of Iceland’s prime peaks.

Ring Road motorists often simply overnight in Egilsstaðir then speed out of the east. Lunacy! The east's spectacular fjords, scenic hiking trails, fascinating geology and friendly villages are some of Iceland's unsung treasures.


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$188 Day Trips & Excursions

Ice Cave Tour of Europe's Largest Glacier

Glacier Trips offers this amazing opportunity to experience an ice cave in the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. If you want to capture/photograph the blue crystal colors of the ice, this is a tour that we recommend for you. The tour can take 2.5 to 5 hours depending on location and weather. All the ice caves are naturally made so it is the nature that decides how they are shaped and where they are located. Safety is our priority. We always choose the best Ice cave for every trip, the drive and the walk to the ice cave can there for be different between days.

$210.04 Outdoor Activities

Ice Cave Adventure from Hali

In this tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The tour is intended for those who want to visit an ice cave, get great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. The tour can take between 2,5 – 5 hours. The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón. The tour, guided by a local guide, will take you through the region’s history from settlement until today.Each autumn, we go for an ice cave hunt to use for adventures during the coming winter. Ice caves are formed by Mother Nature and therefore weather dependent. Some caves have to have temperature below zero, or no rainy days before our visit.In this tour we visit one ice cave and we always choose the best cave available according to safety and weather condition. This will affect both driving and walking time of the tour. Driving to the location can take 25-45 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take from 5 to 60 minutes. You should have in mind that the walking is always in the pure Icelandic nature on gravel and rough terrain.

$349.14 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Storurd Hiking Tour from Egilsstadir

Stórurð (The Giant Boulders) is without a doubt one of the unique and magnificent creations of nature in East Iceland. It lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll Mountains and this boulder area was most likely created by a landslide at the end of the latest cold era of the Ice Age. The boulders were carried by a glacier snout to the present location. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows and attractive ponds. A truly stunning scenery.You will walk a marked path all the way up to a landscape that is hard to describe with words you just have to come and see it for yourself.

$191.31 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Breiddalur Highlights Tour

This 4-hour tour travels around the beautiful valley of Breiddalur, which is surrounded by a magnificent mountain range. Visit waterfalls, abandoned farms, and a local church, providing a peek into both the nature and culture of the area. The tour begins with a drive into the Breiddalur valley, driving across an old bridge looking down into the crystal clear river in the canyon below. Next, stop by the beautiful waterfall Beljandi. Ride on rough tracks and drive across unbridged rivers to reach the destination.From there, go to the waterfall Flogufoss and hike a short way to get the best view. In Jorvik, visit abandoned farms, providing a glimpse into how typical Icelanders used to live in the late-19th to early 20th century. Enjoy this geological site, which is full of beautiful flora during the summertime.At the end of the journey, visit the local church, Heydalir, to learn more about the culture and history of the area.

$346.75 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Mt Snaefell Hiking Tour from Egilsstadir

The beautiful 1833 meter high Mt. Snaefell is the highest free-standing mountain in Iceland outside of glacier. It is an ancient volcano created rather late during the ice age. It is considered to be the youngest volcano of the eastern part of the country. Because of its height, its highest lying snow patches do not disappear during summer. On a clear day half of Iceland can be seen from the summit. On this tour we climb the “normal” route on the west side of the mountain which is the most common way. Join us on this magical hike and experience the power of this mountain.

$199 Outdoor Activities

4-Hour Small-Group Skálafellsjökull Glacier Super Jeep Tour

Meet your guide at either 9, 10.00, 14.00 or 15.00 and depart from Flatey á Mýrum | Gps: 64.258512, -15.584893, which is located between Jökulsárlón and Höfn. The vehicles used for your tour are custom built and are the largest vehicles in Iceland. Every luxury Jeep includes a professional driver, who will manage the mountain roads and a glacier trained guide, who will provide some of the most interesting facts about the area. Sit back and enjoy the undeniably beautiful view that mountain road F985 provides. Glacier valley Sultartungnagil has been the setting for several Hollywood productions such as Batman, Lara Croft, The Secret life of Walter Mitty, and Game of Thrones. Several stops will be made during the tour for explanations from the guide as well as for photo shoots. Continue on through the glacier outlet Skálafellsjökull for a privileged view of Vatnajökul before reaching Brókartíndur. Upon arrival, your tour will stop so that you may fully take in the amazing landscape that the peak provides. This tour is suitable for all ages over 5 years old and for all physical conditions. Please note: there is no hiking involved during the tour.

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