5-day East Iceland

East & South Iceland

Here are our suggestions of the key sites of interest, though of course there are a variety of alternative options from which you can further tailor your trip according to your specific needs. Please contact your Travel Specialist for more details.

Hengifoss
One of the star attractions of the East Fjords, Hengifoss is Iceland’s third tallest waterfall towering at 128m.The pattern of alternating red and brown/black strata has been formed as clay has become trapped between successive layers of ash and basalt, turning red as the iron content in the clay is oxidised by the volcanic material.

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Neskaupstadur
A thriving fishing port, Neskaupstadur has the largest population of any of Iceland’s eastern towns. Visit the impressive 17m avalanche barriers and hike along the attractive coast line to Easter Cave.

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Seydisfjordur
A beautiful hamlet with a population of just 700, Seydisfjordur is beyond picturesque with its multi-coloured wooden houses, surrounding snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls. It is also a historically important destination to Iceland and its harbour has been a thriving trading centre ever since the early 19th century.

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Hofn
Offering scenic views of the largest ice-cap in Iceland, Vatnajokull, Hofn is a small harbour town known for its diverse fishing opportunities. More species can be found in the surrounding waters than any other fishing town in Iceland, with the ‘Norway lobster’ being particularly popular. Whilst visiting, consider the economic shift from fishing to tourism, evident from the increasing number of hotels, campsites, marked trails and museums.

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Jokulsarlon

Iceland’s most famous glacial lagoon and also one of its deepest lakes. Enormous icebergs, some the size of houses, calve off the Breidamerkjokurjokull glacier tongue as it retreats and drop into the lagoon, creating a spectacular sight. As they drift slowly towards the ocean, they occasionally break up in the process, and some become washed ashore on the black sand beach nearby.

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Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell is a geographer’s wonderland and one of Iceland’s primary areas of natural beauty. With many natural features including glaciers, mountains and valleys, Skaftafell is very popular with locals and tourists alike.

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 Eldhraun
An extensive now moss-covered lava field originated from the flow of a Laki volcanic eruption in 1783. It is believed to be the largest flow from a single eruption worldwide.

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Reynishverfi and Dyrholaey
Reynishverfi is famous for its incredible hexagonal basalt columns and impressive cliffs. The coastline between here and Dyrholaey is worthy of study, with a variety of features including Iceland’s answer to Durdle Door – an immense natural rock arch.

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 Skogafoss
An iconic waterfall in the south situated on the Skoga River at Iceland’s former coastline. After the coastline had receded 5 kilometres seawards, the former cliff’s remained.

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 Seljalandsfoss
A narrow plunge waterfall where the water plummets over a former sea cliff, far enough away from the bedrock to allow you to walk behind it. The waterfall from the river Seljalansa drops 60metres over the cliff of the former coastline.

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 Thingvellir
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park is where the divergent North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be found, pulling apart at an average rate of 2.5cm per year. It is also where Iceland's national assembly, the Althing, was set up in 930AD.

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 Geysers
The geothermal area beside the Hvita river is well known for its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers. Here you will find Iceland’s most reliable geyser – Strokkur, which erupts roughly every 5 minutes up to 30 metres high.

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 Gullfoss
Nicknamed the Golden Waterfall, this two-tiered natural wonder channels the river flow of the Hvita from a glacier into a rift valley with impressive power.

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 Kerid
A dramatic volcanic crater lake, originally believed to have formed following a huge volcanic explosion. Yet more thorough studies show that Kerid was a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve.

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Seydisfjordur
A beautiful hamlet with a population of just 700, Seydisfjordur is beyond picturesque with its multi-coloured wooden houses, surrounding snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls. It is also a historically important destination to Iceland and its harbour has been a thriving trading centre ever since the early 19th century.

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This was our first trip to Iceland with Discover the World and we took 57 urban dwellers to the great outdoors. The entire trip blew their minds and they cannot stop talking about it. Discover the World were wonderful at every stage of this mammoth trip.
CM - Bishop Challoner Catholic College
Iceland

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