Eastern Region

  • Even a gravel road covered with dark fog for miles at the top of a mountain
    When you are driving in Iceland a consideration regarding the type of car you rent when heading for a road trip is an important factor when planning a trip. Although most main roads are asphalt roads, you must keep in mind that some of those roads are two lanes and you are always meeting other cars.  And even if you plan to drive on asphalt roads only, you will probably find yourself in a situation discovering a major natural wonder along the way that you must visit. A visit that requires a...
  • The charming and beautiful fishing villages in the Eastern Region
    When you are traveling the Ring Road in the Eastern Region Iceland, you should take some time to visit some, if not all of the beautiful and charming fishing villages on the shore.  Each and every village has their distinct history and uniqueness and are a good place to stop and take a rest.  All have good, but different camping sites and accommodations and many have interesting museums and exciting adventures.  Seyðisfjörður is one of our favorite towns in Iceland. A town that you don't want...
  • If the subject is difficult to photograph, like puffins that have a tendency to place themselves on the highest part of a cliff, photographing can get difficult.
    Photography and tourism are changing these days rapidly.  Nowhere is this more obvious when you are traveling in Iceland?  Cameras are getting lighter and closeness to the subject easier.  Even small phones have sophisticated cameras that give great photos.  People traveling in a country like Iceland that offers so many photo opportunities can stop wherever they like if the are on a self-drive tour, in a rent a car or their own car.   Sometimes people prefer to take selfies with the subject...
  • Opening of our new web page
    Today we officially open our new web page, hiticeland.com. It is a new approach conveying information about Iceland, Icelanders, our visitors, the capital Reykjavík, towns and villages, interesting places in our countryside, the Icelandic Sagas and folklore. We will also continue to write about all kinds of interesting things in our Notes and distribute them on social media. We hope you will enjoy our new web page and share this and our new web page with your friends.  
  • The weather can make or break a day
    Of all the factors that define Iceland, the weather is probably the most important one. The weather can make or break a day, and it can make your day shine, and it can also ruin a day. So when you wake up somewhere along the coastline and the fjord is flat as a mirror, and someone has started fishing, you are in luck. At least if you are a photographer; your effort of waking up at an early hour is paying off.
  • French Hospital in Fáskrúðsfjörður
    Although the landscape and natural wonders are the most exciting attractions in Iceland there are also many attractive towns and villages with a fascinating history and noteworthy buildings. Fortunately, both authorities and residents in most towns and villages around the coastline are well aware of the cultural value those buildings have. One of the most remarkable renovations in recent years is the French Hospital in Fáskrúðsfjörður in the East Region. The whole project and its history makes...
  • Autumn is approaching and the days are getting shorter
    In Iceland, autumn is approaching and the days are getting shorter. There is no way to predict when the first snow will hit the highland or the coast. Sometimes the first snow comes in September and sometimes not until late November. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable and without any pattern of regularity. Last weekend we stayed at the town of Seyðisfjörður in the fjord Seyðisfjörður. Our favorite time of the year to take photos in Iceland is late August through November, so we took the...
  • Sometimes our fjords are filled with fog
    Driving in the northeast part of Iceland this summer, from Vopnafjörður to Bakkafjörður we saw this amazing fog crawling in the fjord. It was a bizarre site to watch the fog move into the fjord above the sea, but not entering the land. Obviously nature has its way of doing things, and this only proves that you can encounter many unusual and unexpected phenomenon while traveling in Iceland.
  • The steepest mountain pass in Iceland - Hellisheiði Eystri
    The steepest mountain road or the mountain pass in Iceland on both sides, up and down, is "Helisheiði eystri". Although this mountain road is not officially part of the Ring Road, it connects the Eastern Region and the Northern Region a bit north of the main Ring Road. The drive is approximately 14 kilometers, and the highest point is about 660 meters. Even though driving the road is a bit intimidating the view from the top is astonishing. For anyone traveling the Ring Road, it is an option to...
  • One of the most interesting small villages in Iceland
    Fáskrúðsfjörður in the East Region is one of the most interesting small villages in Iceland. It is one of the few small villages that survived the negative consequences of the fishing quota system, created by the Icelandic government late in the 20th century. The fishing quota was a milestone in the lives of many towns and villages as the legislation ruined the economic foundation for many of them. Through an admirable resistance led by the local cooperative society in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the town...

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