Eastern Region

  •   In addition to elves, little people, trolls, ghosts and other unworldly creatures, Icelanders, of course, have a sea-monsters. Just like its neighboring Scotland has the Loch Ness monster, Iceland has the tongue-twisting Lagarfljótsormurinn. It has always been there, in Lake Lögurinn, or Lagarfljót. Even the Vikings were terrified. The monster has been a source of endless tales, verses, and rhymes across the centuries and was last sighted by a local farmer in 2012. Located in the beautiful...
  •   Mjóifjörður (The Narrow Fjord), is 18 km long and quite remote, even according to Icelandic standards. It is only possible to get there by car along a (not so good) gravel road during the summer; during winter, you can only get there by boat. Still, this isolated – and narrow – fjord clamped between high precipitous mountains between Norðfjörður and Seyðisfjörði is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, both Icelandic and foreign. And, it has a lot to offer. Smjörvogur once served as...
  •   Papey (Friar's Island) is an island off the east coast, close to the Djúpivogur village. It is approximately two square km but has was from earliest settlement, until the 20th century.  The name is Celtic, derived from Papal and indeed the first settlers there were two Irish monks. According to old, Icelandic manuscripts, the monks used to live on the mainland until the "rightful" settlers came along around the year 900. Those were, of course, the heathen Norse, who chased the peace-loving...
  •   Although Rjúkandi is one of only a few waterfalls you can see from the Ring Road in Iceland (Road nr. 1), many visitors do not stop by Rjúkandi or tend to stop by that waterfall.  One reason is the fact that along the way at Lower Jökuldalur valley in the Eastern Region between Egilsstaðir and Akureyri there are many “road side” waterfalls running down the slopes.  Rjúkandi just seems like one of many if you don’t take the time to walk the short path to view this beautiful attraction.  The...
  •   Skriðuklaustur (The Skriða Monastery) is a center for culture and history in East Iceland, in Fljótsdalur to be exact. This manor estate has played a big part in Iceland's history in spite of being a long way away from where it was all happening, in Thingvellir and later in Reykjavík.  Augustinian monks founded a monastery at Skriða in 1493. Theirs was a short-lived operation as in 1552 it was dissolved due to the Reformation in 1550. From then on the Icelanders considered the Catholic Faith...
  •   Skrúður is a steep and grassy island at the mouth of Fáskrúðsfjörður. It is in many ways quite remarkable. With rich fishing grounds surrounding the island fishermen from the mainland frequented it throughout the year. On the island you will find high and spacious caves, Skrúðshellir, which was the fishermen's home away from home, so to speak. Indeed, the island was a kind of food basket for the locals who would hunt birds and collect eggs there. Not being able to return home on the same day...
  •   Streitishvarf is a small peninsula between the fjord Berufjörður and the bay Breiðdalsvík in eastern Iceland. The small 12-meter high lighthouse called Streiti at the tip of the peninsula is quite visible from the main road. A parking lot is on the road, and this is an excellent place to stop, take a short hike, admire the landscape north and south of the lighthouse and rest from your drive.  Hiking by the shore gives an excellent view of the mountains as well as to the sea and the coastline...
  •   Stuðlafoss (Basalt Column Waterfall) is a beautiful waterfall in the East Region in Iceland that few have visited.  If you are traveling the Ring Road in Iceland or planning your list of things to do, Stuðlafoss is a place you should visit.  It is one of the hidden gems in the Icelandic landscape and has been more like a secret place for local outdoor enthusiasts.  Although it is possible to see Stuðlafoss from road 923, on the other side of the river Jökla near the farm Grund, it is a...
  •   The valley Jökuldalur or Glacier Valley is an impressive valley in East Iceland. Since early on, it has mostly consisted of sheep farms, and some of the farms are considered among the best in the country. The valley is also known for its forceful glacial river that has three names: Jökulsá á Brú, Jökulsá á Dal, and Jökla, which has forced its way from the highland through the bottom to the valley for centuries. When heading to Northern Iceland from Egilsstaðir in the East Region in Iceland on...
  •   A visit to some of the unusual places in Iceland sometimes depend on a few factors, like time of year, if the road is open all year round, weather and vehicle, etc.  But then again some of those places are pearls both as a sanctuary and as a scenic spot to enjoy the magnificent and peaceful wonders of nature.  One such place is the small bay Vöðlavík in the Eastern Region north of the large and long fjord Reyðarfjörður.  It is a place you can only visit from the beginning of July until the...

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