Overview

This tour of Iceland’s East Coast combines Icelandic food tasting, horseback riding, and exploring the country's unique history.

Highlights

  • Iceland’s Eastfjords
  • Egilsstadir
  • Horseback riding
  • Wildlife watching
  • Traditional Icelandic food tasting
  • Authentic museum

This 2-day tour is perfect for those who want to experience the untouched Icelandic landscape and discover the country’s unique cuisine and wildlife. The tour starts in Egilsstaðir, a charming little town in Iceland’s Eastfjords, and takes you around the rugged landscape. You’ll have the chance to ride an Icelandic horse, stay in a renovated farmhouse/museum, and explore this rugged part of the country from above on a cable trolley. The Eastfjords are yet to be discovered by many, so take this unique opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Iceland’s East Coast.

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  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability May-Aug
Duration 2 days
Departs From Egilsstaðir
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No min age
Ratio 1:16
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Guided tour
  • Pickup and drop-off in Egilsstaðir
  • All transport on the tour
  • Lunch, refreshments, and dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on day 2
  • Accommodation in a museum-turned-farm
  • Free access to all events and exhibitions during the tour

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothes (wool/fleece)
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit and a towel
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Not Included

  • Transport from Reykjavik

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Itinerary

Information

Pickup information: The tour starts and ends in Egilsstadir. You should arrange your transportation to and from Egilsstadir. 

Optional extras: 

  • Accommodation can be upgraded
  • Extra night before or after the tour can be arranged
  • Extra day with an activity of your choice can also be arranged

Please note

The itinerary of the tour is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Your tour starts when we pick you up from Egilsstadir. We’ll drive through breathtaking scenery alongside Lagarfljót Lake. Besides the breathtaking scenery, the lake is also famous for fishing and folklore. According to Icelandic sagas, Lagarfljot is home to the Lagarfjlót Wyrm, a monster living in the depths of the lake since 1345. To this day, the monster puzzles scientists as photos with Lagarfjlót Wyrm keep appearing. Most of the time, it turns out to be logs or tiny ice caps, but some photos show an unrecognized object emerging from the water.

Bridge across Lagarfljot Lake and Hallormsstadarskogur Forest in IcelandOur first stop will be the Wilderness Center. The Wilderness Center is also a museum where you have a chance to walk into Iceland’s wild past and meet the first inhabitants. The museum showcases pictures, paintings, and stuffed wildlife and has rooms decorated with live-sized mannequins who represent life in the past. Here we’ll have lunch made primarily from local produce.

Next, we’ll continue towards an abandoned farm located in the neighborhood of the museum. Our knowledgeable guide will tell us how the farm was built and why it’s significant to Iceland today.

Right behind the farm, a glacial stream runs its course. More adventurous travelers can observe it from above on a cable trolley.

Later, we’ll have some refreshments back in the Wilderness Center and continue onto our next adventure — a ride through the valley on an Icelandic horse. The surrounding areas are breathtaking and the ride through the valley is something you’ll remember long after the tour.

Right before dinner we’ll visit a local smoking hut and taste some of Iceland’s best cured meats. It’s a truly mouth-watering experience. Later dinner will be served in an open-air kitchen right by the Wilderness Center. You’ll then have the chance to dip in a local spa filled with mineral-rich hot spring water.

Day Highlights
  • Lagarfljót Lake
  • Lagarfjlót Wyrm
  • Wilderness Center
  • Icelandic horse
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner

After a hearty breakfast at the museum, we’ll head out into the backcountry of the Westfjords. On our way to Snaefell Mountain, we’ll scout for reindeers and stop for pictures if we see any. After a few hours of driving, we’ll finally reach the breathtaking Hafrahvammagljúfur Canyon. We’ll stop here for lunch and some pictures. Once everyone has had a bite to eat, we’ll go for a soak in a natural hot springs located in the foothills of Laugarfell Mountain.

The second half of the day is dedicated to waterfalls. First, we hike up to Hengifoss Waterfall. Hengifoss is the third highest waterfall in Iceland, dropping down 419 ft (128 m). The waterfall is enveloped by a towering wall of basalt rock. On the wall, different layers of clay are visible, painting it red, brown, and yellow.

On our way to Hengifoss Waterfall, we’ll see the slightly smaller yet equally charming Litlanesfoss Waterfall. Unlike Hengifoss, Litlanesfoss is not visible from the road. You have to walk right to the edge of the canyon to see it, but once you do, you won’t want to walk away. Litlanesfoss falls 98 ft (30 m) in two “steps” over steep vertical basalt columns. The view is stunning.

After snapping a few breathtaking pictures, we’ll head back to Egilsstadir. Our tour ends there but you’re more than welcome to spend some time exploring the town.

Day Highlights
  • Snaefell Mountain
  • Laugarfell Mountain
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Hafrahvammagljúfur Canyon
  • Litlanesfoss Waterfall
Included
  • Icelandic breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Transport to Egilsstadir

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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