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East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage

East Iceland is a beautiful region of vast reindeer-filled highlands and rugged fjords. This terrain has shaped a people who enjoy welcoming visitors and sharing their heritage.

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:04 October - 04 April
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
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Language:English
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East Iceland is a beautiful region of vast reindeer-filled highlands and rugged fjords. This terrain has shaped a people who enjoy welcoming visitors and sharing their heritage. Visit the edge of the untamed highlands where the new Wilderness Center creatively brings to life how brave frontier families lived more than a century ago. Meet modern day locals by visiting charming fishing villages and farms, discovering strong traditions in the arts and folklore. You might even glimpse some wild reindeer, the region’s symbol.

Highlights:

  • Journey to the edge of a vast highland wilderness with wild reindeer herds
  • Travel back over a hundred years to see how highland frontier farmers lived at the interactive new Wilderness Center
  • Visit a local organic farm and enjoy a delicious farm breakfast
  • See Iceland‘s largest national forest
  • Visit Seydisfjordur, a village with beautifully-preserved wooden buildings and a focus on art education and local heritage.
  • Learn how to photograph northern lights from a local expert
  • Discover East Fjords fishing heritage at friendly local villages, including opportunities to sample delicious fish products
  • Travel the region used as a filming location for Fortitude and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Maximum group size: 16 participants.

Included

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik with private bathrooms,including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Egilsstaðir with private bathrooms, including breakfast
  • Round-trip assisted transfers between Reykajvik hotel and Reykjavik Domestic Airport
  • Round-trip flights Reyjavik - Egilsstadir (including tax)
  • Guided tour with transport Day 2 – 4
  • Visit to an organic farm and breakfast on the farm
  • Admission to the Wilderness Center 
  • Admission to the Technical Museum of East Iceland
  • Visit to the Auroras Iceland Exhibition
  • Darkest Winter Night Experience (night-time winter photography and northern lights)
  • Admission to Randulfs Sea House, including tastings of local fish products
  • Admission to geothermal swimming pool

Departures

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Day: 1 Arrival

Check in at your hotel in Reykjavik and get yourself comfortable for your day in the city (airport transfer not included). At your hotel, you will get a packet with more information about your trip.

Reykjavik is an ideal city for a stylish Scandinavian getaway. The numerous art galleries and museums, as well as superb restaurants and cafés, are perfect for discovering the city's unique culture and cuisine.

If you arrive early in the day, there are abundant choices of optional tours available, and it is easy to visit some of the well-known natural attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and more. Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik – Egilsstadir – Hallormsstadur – The Wilderness Center

Farmer‘s welcome – Iceland‘s largest forest – Highland wilderness frontier - A trip into the past

Early breakfast at hotel. Don‘t worry about being hungry later—there will be a farm breakfast waiting for you in East Iceland. Meet in the hotel lobby for your group transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and check-in for your flight to Egilsstadir, (population approx. 2,257)the largest town in the East fjords region. You will be met at Egilsstadir Airport by a local guide. 

This area of East Iceland is becoming known for grain cultivation, thanks to its ancient volcanic soil and mild summers. Your first visit is to Vallanes, an organic family farm. After a tour of this eco-friendly farm, join the family for a delicious mid-morning Icelandic breakfast using products from Vallanes. 

Follow along the Lagarfljot River, keeping an eye out for its legendary sea monster, as you head into Hallormsstaðarskógar National Forest. From the forest the road climbs towards the starkly beautiful highlands. This uninhabited wilderness is home to wild reindeer, the symbol of East Iceland (keep an eye out for them during your trip).  

The interactive new Wilderness Center is located just where the road ends and the highlands begin. Walk over a bridge taking you more than one hundred years into the past. The Wilderness Center has carefully recreated the homes of Icelanders who settled in and around the remote highlands. You‘ll get a glimpse of what daily life was like for these brave frontier families.

Return to modern times and to Egilsstadir where you will check into your hotel. You have the rest of the day on your own to relax and explore the town. Egilsstadir has several excellent restaurants focusing on ingredients sourced from local farms and rivers as well as wild game.    

Add-on:  An option for tonight is to have dinner with a local family.  You will be matched with a family and enjoy a typical East Iceland style dinner at their home.  (Not included in price but can be booked in advance).

 

Day 3: Seydisfjordur - Northern Lights Hunt

Scenic Fjord Roads – Painted Wooden Village – Technical Innovators – Northern Lights Hunt

Breakfast at hotel. Drive along fjord roads with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Visit Seydisfjordur, known for its beautifully preserved wooden buildings. Once a major port city, today Seydisfjordur is the region‘s art and cultural centre. Enjoy a stroll here to admire the historical architecture and to visit the beautiful blue church. Take a look into the lively Technical Museum of East Iceland where you can see the innovations that made Seydisfjordur a leader in modernising Iceland. 

Return to Egilsstadir for your own activities and dinner (on your own).   

Tonight your group will head out to Faskrudsfjordur, a town that has historical French connections. Here you‘ll visit the Auroras Exhibition where you will learn about northern lights. An area photographer who is an expert at taking pictures in all sorts of weather conditions will show you how to photograph northern lights. Weather permitting, you‘ll be able to try out your skills on a Northern Lights Hunt in this beautiful fjord (please note that northern lights are weather dependent and sightings are not guaranteed). 

Return to Egilsstadir around midnight.

 

Day 4: Neskaupsstadur - Eskifjordur - Reykjavik

Fjord Villages – Local Fishing History and Heritage – Geothermal pools – Return to Reykjavik

Breakfast at hotel and time to relax and check out of the hotel. Late morning departure. Head to the Nordfjordur fjord, passing through Fagridalur (Beautiful Valley) and a tunnel en route. The destination is Neskaupsstadur, a quirky fish processing town with an interesting local music scene. An easy hike let's you view the town‘s clever avalanche defence system

After lunch (on your own), drive to the fishing town of Eskifjordur, which has a beautiful view of the sea. Visit Randulfshus, 19th-century wooden Norwegian-style building where herring was once processed. Today it holds many artifacts of the area‘s fishing heritage.  Sample some locally made fish products such as dried fish and cured shark. 

Afterwards, relax and float in the town‘s geothermally-heated swimming pool with hot tubs, sauna and an amazing view of the mountains.

Wind your way back to Egilsstadir airport for the evening flight to Reykjavik. Transfer with group to Reykjavik hotel for your overnight.   

 

Highlights:

Neskaupsstadur  |Eskifjordur
 

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon you can spend the day at your leisure or experience Iceland further by going on a half-day tour. You can also add extra days to your stay and we will help you make arrangements.

Airport transfer not included in the package price. 

 

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