A tour to remote Borgarfjordur Eystri, one of the best places to see the much-loved Atlantic Puffin. Also visit a turf roofed house and the home of the elf queen!
Fljotsdalur & Hengifoss
• The mystical Lake Lagarfljot, home to a lake monster, according to legend
• Hallormsstadaskogur, the largest forest area in Iceland
• Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfall hike
• The beautiful stone manor at Skriduklaustur
• Steamy Gufufoss waterfall
More about the Tour
We start the tour by driving over a spectacular mountain pass to the town of 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’, as well as closing during a fictional winter storm to give the acclaimed Icelandic crime drama series ‘Trapped’ its name.
Our 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 biggest town in East Iceland, is set on the banks of Lake Lagarfljot, Iceland’s third largest lake. It’s rumoured to be home to a monster: Lagarfljotsormurinn (or the Lagerfljot Worm).
The road from Seydisfjordur offers some of the best views of the lake and Fljotsdalur valley. As we drive around the lake, your guide will tell you more about the region and folk tales about the monster.
The area surrounding the lake is particularly scenic, thanks in part to the serene Hallormsstadur forest and the picturesque bay of Atlavik. Furthermore, if you’re lucky you might even see reindeer!
As we venture further along the lake shore, we stop to take in Hengifoss waterfall, a gem of the East Fjords. An optional short hike provides the willing and able with the best views of one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls. Layers of black basalt and red clay make for a strikingly pretty backdrop, and the lesser-known Litlanesfoss waterfall on the way is an added bonus.
After the hike, we stop at the nearby Skriduklaustur area. There is plenty to see here: the Cultural Centre housed in a beautiful stone building next to the ruins of an old monastery, the Snaefellsstofa Visitor Centre where you can learn more about Vatnajokull National Park, or grab a coffee and cake at Klausturkaffi cafe.
Why Book with Us
• Pickup and drop-off at the port
• 100% refund if your ship does not dock
• Small group tour with a local guide
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