There's no question Reykjavík and its remarkable surrounds have their appeal. But if you travel just slightly farther afield, another world of geologic wonder unfolds in the fascinating land and seascapes of the Eastfjords. Find yourself dwarfed by narrow, sky-high fjords, majestic snow-dusted mountains and endless waterfalls. Emerald green highlands as far as the eye can see cradling colorful coastal villages, rare thriving forestland and exotic black-sand beaches—all of East Iceland's ancient and wondrous scenery awaits.
1-2 Journey from Reykjavík to Iceland's Eastfjords | From Egilsstadir, pedal through a striking landscape of rolling farmland, green hills and snowcapped mountains | The area around Lake Lagarfljót includes everything from Iceland's largest forest to cascading waterfalls | Set out on foot to explore Hengifoss, one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, and its colorful rock face.
3 Walk to Slow Food Iceland founders' Vallanes Organic Farm for a tour of their idyllic land and gourmet product shop, followed by a field-to-table lunch | Hear wonderful tales from a local guide as we hike down a mountain pass alongside a tumbling waterfall and into a stunning fjord.
4 Embark on a spectacular coastal hike to Skálanes—a nature reserve at the mouth of Seydisfjördur Fjord | Wildflower-strewn meadows and sandy beaches lead the way to a delicious lunch at Skálanes Lodge | Keep an eye out for the 47 species of birds—including eider ducks and puffins—that inhabit the Skálanesbjarg Cliffs.
5-6 Set sail on an authentic Icelandic fishing boat through a dramatic fjord | Our boat captain invites us to lunch at his fishing cottage café | Panoramic views accompany you as you ride across the Vallanes Fjord peninsula—and East Iceland hidden gem | Conclude with a picturesque walk along the Gilsá River to the lovely and little Gilsárfoss waterfall—stand right behind its jetting waters!