The fjords are the true highlight of East Iceland. Despite (mostly) good surfaced roads and the Alcoa-related activity, the Eastfjords still seem remote – a feeling enhanced by immense, dramatic mountainsides and the tiny working fishing villages that nestle under them.
There are some superb hiking trails, you can kayak to far-off headlands, and thousands of seabirds nest along the cliffs. In a Finest Fjord competition it would be hard to pick a winner: Borgarfjörður has ethereal rhyolite cliffs and well-organised hiking; Seyðisfjörður fosters a cheery bohemian vibe; Mjóifjörður is riddled with waterfalls; and Neskaupstaður has regular whale visitors to its fjord. You’ll just have to visit and choose your own favourite.