East Iceland

Discover the Wonders of the East

The east coast of Iceland is home to the country's largest forest, lush farmlands and a range of small fjords and islands. Thanks to the East's many natural harbors, a variety of fishing villages and small seaside communities border the coast.

Impressive magma chambers filled with colorful mineral deposits can be seen and visited along the eastern coast. In the summer months, the east of Iceland becomes a creative hub for artists and young people from around Iceland and abroad, as a variety of music and art festivals have been popping up and expanding steadily in recent years.

Seyðisfjörður is the landing place for the Smyril Line ferry from Europe, and home to a vibrant art scene emerging to the backdrop of a 19th century village. Indeed, the East has a rich artistic history, as the landscape in the region is truly a rich palette. One of Iceland's most beloved artists, the painter Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval, grew up in the town of Borgarfjörður eystri, where he created some of his most memorable work and where a museum now commemorates his life.

The East is also home to several interesting arts and music festival throughout the year. In the southeast, the Vatnajökull Glacier—Europe's largest—is an imposing, spectacular sight.

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Impressive magma chambers filled with colorful mineral deposits can be seen and visited along the eastern coast. 
Major towns

Egilsstaðir, Seyðisfjörður and Fjarðabyggð

Regional airports

Egilsstaðir, Hornafjörður and Vopnafjörður

Major attractions

Bustarfell, Vatnajökull, Hengifoss, Skriðuklaustur, Lagarfljót, Eiðar, Hallormsstaðaskógur, Djúpivogur and Borgarfjörður eystri

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