Eastern Region

  • 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...
  • Fishing and fish processing is still the main means of income
    In many towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland fishing and fish processing is still the main means of income for most people. Consequently, young people have a lot of interest in the sea and are eager to learn the trait. And, fortunately, their vision of the future is connected to their village. “We intend to stay in our fjord all our live” was the message from these young fishing enthusiasts in Neskaupstaður in the Eastern Region af Iceland.
  • Deserted houses on the ring road
    When driving from the South Region in Iceland through Breiðdalsvík on our way to Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður we drove past this old deserted house by the lighthouse. It looked kind of miserable in the fog, and we could hardly see the beautiful lighthouse. There are many old deserted houses on the ring road in Iceland. Some of them quite interesting to photograph.
  • Vopnafjörður is an excellent village for stoping and resting
    Vopnafjörður is one of the rather isolated villages in the Eastern Region of Iceland. It is one of the fortunate communities as fishing and fish processing is still a solid base for the town’s economy. The town has a beautiful location and surroundings and a great view of the surrounding mountains. For tourists, it is an excellent destination to make a night stop; with a good camping area and nice accommodation. 
  • Borgarfjörður Eystri, or Bakkagerði, is probably one of the smallest villages in Iceland. Surrounded by the beautiful landscape the village offers a surprising variety of accommodation and has a wonderful restaurant, Álfacafé. The fish soup is quite good with fresh fish of the day.

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