During our journey to discover the East Fjords we were treated to some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen. For a remote and beautiful self-drive experience this has to be high on the list with every fjord telling a different story. Some are hardly populated, others have lazy bays full of colourful seaweed and in the early spring, wild reindeer are still to be seen grazing beside the road.
We met two particularly wonderful guides during our East Fjord travels, one was a local guide who amongst a great deal else, was able to explain why we were seeing signposts in French. Our other guide makes hiking and Nordic walking her speciality, and with a life-time spent in this area she’s definitely our go-to lady for making the best of the landscape and its secrets.
So much to see
As might be expected, this is a drive with fabulous land and sea scapes and birding opportunities a-plenty. What we hadn’t expected was the wealth of intriguing extras in the form of small artisan food producers and makers, a rich second world war history, almost un-populated settlements and tiny little museums and collections. Since making this journey, we’ve re-created it very successfully for a number of clients though of course, it’s never the same itinerary twice.
Our favourite cottage lies tucked away up a small lane, yet its remoteness does not also mean that it’s spartan. Like many Icelandic summer houses, it’s made of wood but it’s more Nordic in style, arranged on 2 floors with an upper sleeping loft opening out onto a balcony. Perfect for the midnight, shooting stars and Northern Lights! There’s flexible sleeping space inside and all the facilities needed for staying for a few days, which we absolutely recommend. Iceland has so much to offer, but there’s no need to do it all in one go. Travel slow and for longer, make Iceland the place that you linger.
Iceland’s East Fjords are a stunning coastal area of high mountains intersected by small inlets and larger bays some with small harbours, extending from Djupivogur in the south to Reydarfjordur in the north. Off the beaten track, with quiet roads and unending scenery this is a beautiful area to explore at leisure. Great for walking, with a good mix of the unusual and quirky. Iceland it its best! Perfect for a self drive, please get in touch so that we can tell you more.