East Iceland Only an hour away
From sparkling glaciers, across black  deserts and volcanic craters, to emerald  valleys and dramatic fjords – much of what  makes Iceland so unique can be found in  the East of the country. Mysterious and  seemingly remote, it is in fact only an hour  away on one of the frequent domestic  flights. Make sure you get a window seat!  Egilsstaðir, the region’s largest town with  an excellent airport, makes a good starting  point for any trip. It is situated on the banks  of lake Lögurinn, a beautiful 35km-long  lake whose milky glacial waters are said to  be home to Iceland’s ancient equivalent  of the Loch Ness monster, the terrifying  ‘Lagarfljótsormur’ or Wyrm. 

 Winter wildlife  
Characterised by turbulent rivers, the  area encompasses Iceland’s largest forest  and rolling highlands inhabited by herds  of wild reindeer, something quite unique  to this corner of the country. Home to a  large population of seals, which are most  easily seen along the coast by Húsey, East    Iceland also boats a wide variety of birdlife,  including most migrant birds, skuas, swans,  waders and ever-popular eider ducks. Both  the village of Djupivogur and the Uthérað  Coast are excellent for birdwatching.

Extreme adventures
In Ice and snow  In the nearby Vatnajökul during the winter  and spring you can visit the magnificient  Icecaves of Eyjabakkajökull or enjoy the  once-in-a-lifetime extreme adventure  of bathing in the warm waters of the  Kverkfjöll Ice-caves. In the east you can also  experience some of the best northern lights  while enjoying a warm natural bath at the  edge of Europe´s largest glacier. Tours are  available from Egilsstaðir that make this a  breathtaking experience.  Travelling towards the coast, the East Fjords  reveal a magnificent landscape of long,  narrow fjords, steep mountains and jagged  peaks. The area is brillint for wintersports,  snowmobile riders favour the highlands and  skiers gather from around Iceland to enjoy  the slopes at Oddskard in the Fjords. 
 
Food for thought
East Iceland is renowned for its wonderful  local food. Game such as Reindeer and  ptarmigan are the local speciality with  delicious lamb and the freshest of fish,  along with organic greens, wild berries and  mushrooms are at the heart of the region’s  prize-winning cuisine.  Regardless of whether you want to go birdwatching  or spot reindeer, may be experience  the extreme adventures of the arctic winter  or simply enjoy a romantic get-away, East  Iceland is a magical place to do it.

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