A tour to remote Borgarfjordur Eystri, one of the best places in Iceland to see the much-loved Atlantic Puffin. And turf roofed houses, the home of the elf queen and scenic landscape!
• The impressive basalt columns and bright blue glacial river at Studlagil
• The steamy Gufufoss waterfall
• Views of the mystical Lake Lagarfljot
• Optional: The geothermal Vok Baths
More about the Tour
We start the tour by driving over the mountain pass to Egilsstadir. A winding road surrounded by steep mountains, this route was used as one of the filming locations for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The brief stop at Gufufoss waterfall allows for beautiful views over Seydisfjordur. Translated as steam waterfall, Gufufoss resembles the famous Skogafoss waterfall on the South Coast, but with far fewer crowds.
Egilsstadir, the capital of the Eastfjords, is set on the banks of the Lake Lagarfljot. Iceland’s third largest lake, it is rumoured to be home to a lake monster, the Lagarfljotsormur (or lake worm).
The road from Seydisfjordur offers some of the best views of the lake and the Fljotsdalur valley.
We continue north to the Studlagil canyon, which features some of the most impressive basalt column formations in Iceland.
Created by the force of the Jokulsa glacial river flowing from the highlands, much of the canyon was under water and the area was considered dangerous until 2006. The construction of the Karahnjukavirkjun hydroelectric plant affected the water source and today the bright blue river flowing peacefully between the walls of basalt are a sight to behold.
We approach the canyon from the Western side from where it is possible to drive almost up to the viewpoint over the canyon.
It is a short walk of about 250m from the parking but the path is steep in some places so it is good to bear that in mind and also wear proper shoes.
If you would like to visit one of Iceland’s natural hot pools, it might be worth adding an hour to this tour for the geothermal Vok Baths overlooking the Lake Urridavatn.
Time permitting; we can drive around the town of Seydisfjordur before you need to get back to your ship. Just outside of town are the Tvisongur song sculptures where you can experiment with sounds and unleash your inner singer.
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Why Book with Us
• Pickup and dropoff from the port
• 100% refund if your ship does not dock
• Customisable tour with a local guide
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