East Fjords & Highlands

Head up to Iceland’s underrated East Fjords and discover their calm and beauty. Next hit the gravel roads and get on an exciting ride through the wonderlands of interior highlands.

Prices starting from
ISK 145,000 per person*

Summer & autumn
1+ people
07 days
Guided/self-drive tour

(*) Displayed price based on self-drive with 4 people with a Navigate type vehicle and Economy accommodation in shoulder season.

Many travelers underestimate the region of the East Fjords, mainly due to its remote location. The real beauty of the region is not necessarily along the Ring Road, but rather deeper in the fjords where little charming fishing villages are backed by sheer-sided mountains with endless waterfalls. Seydisfjordur, despite of having less than a thousand inhabitants, is a major port where the only passenger ferry comes from Denmark and Faroe Islands to Iceland. It is also incredibly charming town with its historical multicoloured houses and dramatic snow-capped mountains all around. The country's interior firstly throws you into a black barren land to eventually daze you with its colorful rhyolite mountains mingled with steaming hot springs and cerulean blue lakes. You can drive through the gravel roads in the isolated highlands, hike the volcano or simply soak in the hot waters of Landmannalaugar hot pot.

What's included in the East Fjords & Highlands tour?

Included in this tour

Not included in this tour

  • Gasoline / Diesel
  • Personal Travel Insurances
  • Additional activities
  • Meals or drinks
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
  • Parking and road tunnel fees
  • Any services not listed under list of included items

Explore the East Fjords & Highlands tour day-by-day

  1. Day 1 South Coast

    You begin a tour by driving along the Ring Road to the South. Hveragerði, a little town located on the hot springs, is passed by first. After some drive, you spot a waterfall that greatly grows the closer you approach it. Seljalandsfoss waterfall tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. Then head towards the East along the main road up to the point when you spot an impressive Skógafoss to the left-hand side, in a little distance from the road. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You can visit a little charming community of Vík. Overnight stay in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance is +-247km.

  2. Day 2 Vatnajökull - Jökulsárlón

    Stunning scenery of distanced glacier caps reaching out the road by the waters of the glacial rivers and vast sandurs rewards a rather long drive of today. Do not let your legs get numb and use each opportunity to stop by for a little walk or photo shooting. Skaftafell is definitely one of the places that you should not resist. It is a pearl of the whole Vatnajökull National Park. After about an hour drive, you reach Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. A surrealistic scene of luminous-blue icebergs floating between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the North Atlantic Ocean through the narrow passage under the Ring Road will take your breath away. You can take a walk along the shore to be able to admire the view. The next town on your way is called Höfn. If the weather is good, it is worth to go for a short walk in the harbor with the stunning view over Vatnajökull. Overnight stay in the area.

    Driving distance is +-204km.

  3. Day 3 East Fjords

    It is a day of the East Fjords exploration. If you prefer to reach your accommodation quicker, take a left turn in Breiðdalsvík, which goes behind the mountain straight to Egilsstaðir. Otherwise, drive along the fjords enjoying the little charming fishing villages backed by sheer-sided mountains with endless waterfalls. Either way, you can make a little detour from Egilsstaðir to Seydisfjordur. Despite of having less than a thousand inhabitants, it is a major port where the only passenger ferry comes from Denmark and Faroe Islands to Iceland. It is also incredibly charming town with its historical multicoloured houses and dramatic snow-capped mountains all around. Overnight stay in Egilsstaðir.

    Driving distance is +-187km.

  4. Day 4 Dettifoss - Mývatn

    Today you drive to the lake Mývatn, geological and ornithological honeypot. On the way, you make a detour to the North to reach the gigantic Dettifoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. The area of Mývatn serves you diverse landscape of the lake itself created in a large basaltic lava eruption, volcanic craters, ex. Krafla or Hverfell, and peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. You can also soothe the senses in the Mývatn Nature Baths, geothermal natural pool, northern Iceland's version of the Blue Lagoon. Overnight stay in Mývatn area.

    Driving distance is +-223km.

  5. Day 5 Askja

    It is the time to explore the highlands again. You drive to the South through the bare land up to majestic Askja. It is an utterly desolate volcanic caldera, filled up with water that forms Öskjuvatn, second deepest lake in Iceland. On the side of it, there is a little tephra crater Víti with sapphire-blue geothermal water. Enjoy the hike in this picturesque surrounding and consider a bath in Víti pool. If you have enough time, you can also visit the new lava field in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull and the unique Kverkfjöll geothermal area located on the glacier. At the end you drive back to Mývatn and stay there another night.

    Driving distance is +-268km.

  6. Day 6 Sprengisandur

    You head back to the central highlands through Sprengisandur old track. It goes across bleak deserted land and offers fairly easy drive. However, it used to be a subject of many legends and ghost stories, so just in case keep your eyes open. Stop on the way by Hrafnabjargarfoss & Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls. Overnight stay in the central highlands.

    Driving distance is +-281km.

  7. Day 7 Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

    Today you explore one of the most breathtaking parts of Iceland's highlands - Landmannalaugar. It is an area of unbelievably colorful rhyolite mountains, rambling black lava flows and bubbling hot springs. It is in fact a must for explorers of the interior. Famous Laugavegurinn trail begins right here, which is the main reason for the fuss at the base camp. However, when you move a little further, most of the hikers disappear on the numerous hiking trails above. There is where you can find peace and quiet. Landmannalaugar is also country's second largest geothermal area. You can spot steaming streams all around. They mix with colder waters forming a perfect hot pot where you can soak in hot water and free your mind. After exploring the beautiful highlands, you start heading back to Reykjavík. You pass by monumental Hekla volcano, the most active volcano in Iceland. Enjoy this adventurous drive back to urban areas.

    Driving distance is +-215km.

Day 1 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 1 - Vík í Myrdal
Day 2 - Jökulsárlón
Day 3 - East Fjords
Day 4 - Dettifoss
Day 4 - Myvatn
Day 5 - Askja
Day 6 - Sprengisandur
Day 7 - Landmannalaugar
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