Self-drive tour around Iceland in 7 days. Things to see and do in East Iceland.

Visiting the East part of Iceland
 
The fjords of East Iceland are among the most breathtaking of all the scenery you will come across in the country. From the waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides through to the scenic coastal roads, the East of Iceland is a mind-blowing awe-inspiring area.
 
 
 
Things to do in East Iceland
If you visit anywhere in East Iceland make sure you go to Seyðisfjörður. This wonderfully colorful town quite literally has a rainbow road to its pretty blue church! If that's not enough, the whole town has murals and artist sculptures dotted around, so its an art lovers paradise as well as a quaint Icelandic town.
 
Situated on one of the longest and widest fjords in East Iceland, Reyðarfjörður is one of the largest towns in the area and is the perfect stop for a bite to eat at Sesam Brauhaus, before hitting Route 1 in and around the fjords. Reyðarfjörður also has a number of walking routes out along the fjord and up to nearby waterfall as well as to the Icelandic Wartime Museum.
 
 
Djúpivogur is a small town at the southernmost tip of the east fjords, with a pretty harbour and seabirds galore. You can walk around this small town taking in the colorful fishing boats and admiring the local artwork, such as the piano bench, all whilst the local bird life fly overhead. Be sure to stop at Vid Voginn for some fresh fish and chips overlooking the harbour.
 
 
 
Things to see in East Iceland
There are quite literally hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland, and it seems like the east has a lot of them! One you must see is Gufufoss waterfall on the drive along Route 93 into Seyðisfjörður. Meaning steam in Icelandic, you can walk to the base of Gufufoss and watch the water hurtling down past the main road and towards the town of Seyðisfjörður. The waterfall is pretty much hidden on the way into Seyðisfjörður but can easily be seen on the way out.
 
 
 
Eggin í Gleðivík in Djúpivogur is another sight you have to see to believe. Eggin í Gledivík, or the ‘Eggs at Merry Bay’ is a sculpture created by Sigurður Guðmundsson that consists of 34 large stone eggs, one for each of the seabirds in the area. There is also a larger egg that has been created for the Red-Throated Diver, the official bird of Djúpivogur.
 
Hvalnes Nature Reserve is another place you can't miss in the East of Iceland. Situated on the Hvalnes Peninsula, this nature reserve has a massive black pebble beach often teeming with whooper swans. You can walk along the beach with next to no one else other than the wildlife, whilst overlooked by three ‘horn’ mountains of Vestrahorn, Brunnhorn and Eystrahorn.
 
Before you leave the East of Iceland just make sure you take in all the fjords!
 
 
 
Where to stay in East Iceland
With 4 HI Hostels located in East Iceland, there are plenty of places to pick from with HI Iceland. We stayed at Seyðisfjörður Hafaldan HI Hostel, a hostel set within an old hospital building, complete with the old windows from the blue church in the village.
 
 
  • Open from April to mid October
  • 60 beds
  • Situated on Route 93
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking on site
  • Washing machine access
  • Situated in an old hospital with the new hospital next door 
  • Massive modern kitchen and dining area
  • Beautiful timber clad walls
  • Sauna
 
Hopefully, that gives you a taste of what the East of Iceland has to offer, so go book your own trip and make memories to last a lifetime!
 
 
And here is the original self drive tour around Iceland in 7 days.
 
 
Written by Gemma & Matt from The Travelling Tedaldi in collaboration with HI Iceland.