EAST ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE
How to get there
Eystri is the northernmost of the Eastfjords.
Large and very
colourful rhyolite intrusions decorate parts of the beautiful mountainous landscape,
which is rich in half precious and semi precious
stones. It is very tempting for collectors to visit this area, but the
local authorities have forbidden stone collecting. A shop in the
village Bakkagerdi sells them at reasonable prices. Fishing, fish processing and tourism
are the bases of livelihood, but the number of inhabitants is constantly deminishing,
mainly because of the difficult communications in winter,
lack of necessary services and few employment opportunities
for educated people. The Icelanders are reasonably superstitious and believe in all kinds
of hidden beings.
Among them are the elves, whose queen occupies a rocky mound in
the village. Birdwatchers should use the
birdwatching shelter down by the old harbour, and
drive to the new harbour on the opposite side of the
bay to visit the colonies of puffins, fulmars and
Many marked hiking trails of one of the most popular hiking areas of Iceland
lead between the mountains and coves in the
nearby area. The distance
from the capital is 770 km.
<Borgarfjordur> Egilsstadir 72 km.
Local Hiking Trails