If you have ever considered a self-drive tour around Iceland you are probably aware that Iceland has a main road which is usually referred to as the ring road, as it circles the country. But, as the shortest way around the country, it is good to keep in mind that there are a lot of great sites that are not by the ring road that are well worth exploring.
Here are five reasons why you should consider leaving the ring road in your back view mirror and explore the eastern fjords of Iceland.
Hengifoss Yeah alright, we are starting with the obvious one. But if we are going to be blogging about things to do and see in East Iceland we have to include Hengifoss to be taken seriously. Hengifoss is Icelands second highest waterfall and arguably East Icelands...
Fun to know
Only in the East
There are a few things you only find in East Iceland and not the rest of the country. The flower bluebell is only native to East Iceland and so are the reindeer that we are so very proud of.
Many of the fjords in East Iceland are surrounded by tall mountains that block the low winter sun from reaching them for weeks and months in the winter. In East Iceland it became tradition to celebrate the return of the sun with pancakes. The tradition of sun pancakes is still honored in many households in East Iceland.
Myths and legends
Iceland is a country of myths and legends and we love to tell stories. The only difference between the stories in East Iceland and the rest of the country is that ours are all true.
Iceland’s highest mountain
Iceland’s highest freestanding mountain is Mt. Snæfell. This king of Icelandic mountains stands 1833 meters tall or just over six thousand feet. It is actually a volcano and it is debated whether or not it should be classified as an active volcano.
Lost in an Icelandic forest?
An old Icelandic joke goes, what do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest? Well, you simply stand up. Having said that, the largest forest in Iceland is Hallormsstaðaskógur just outside Egilsstaðir. And it’s not enough to stand up if you get lost.
720 Borgarfjörður eystri
Kaffihúsið (bar and grill)
Kaffihúsið (grill and bar)
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I can’t say enough wonderful things about our dinner with the locals, Svanhvit and Agnar. We got to enjoy dining in their cozy home and asking all kinds of questions about Icelandic daily life, stuff you can’t learn from guide books. They also got to learn about us. The food was delicious, especially the plokkfiskur (hearty fish gratin) and the most divine layered dessert made with cookies, Skyr, whipped cream and jam! I strongly recommend Meet the Locals as a fun way to meet and spend time with some Icelanders.Kristine Stevens Beeco | Savannah, USA
Svanhvít and Agnar prepared for us traditional Icelandic dishes – plokkfiskur (fish stew) and the desert skyrkaka (Skyrcake), both of them were extremely delicious! Good food was complemented with interesting stories from Icelandic family’s life.We liked this dinner very much, because we felt the spirit of Icelandic family and heard about their jobs, daily life, traditions and habits.ErccLietuva | Klaipeda, Lithuania