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Roadtrip in Iceland – #5: Eastern fjords

After two days exploring Iceland under the rain, the sun was finally back! We were about to discover the eastern fjords region with the sun and spend the most beautiful day of our trip in Iceland…

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DAY #6: DISCOVERING THE EASTERN FJORDS REGION

The fjords! I had been dreaming about this place for such a long time! It was the day of the trip I was most anxiously waiting for, and luckily it was finally sunny again! During this 6th day in Iceland, we travelled the “fjords route”, from Djupivogur to Seydisfjordur, discovering amazing landscapes on our way. Glaciers, waterfalls, the sea going inside narrow and steep valleys: here we go for the tale of the most beautiful day of our trip!

Program:

Admire Route 939 beautiful landscapes

 Explore the wildest fjord of the region: Mjoifjordur

 Spend the night in a fjord in Seydisfjordur

Day6

FOLLOWING THE FJORDS’ OUTLINES

We woke up in a good mood, it was sunny, the rain had finally stopped, everything was ok! We got into the car and went back to the famous #1 Route to begin our journey into the fjords region. The landscapes had changed. We were now driving directly by the fjords, between sea and mountain. In mid-June, the peaks were still covered with snow. It was beautiful!

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DISCOVERING BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES BY ROUTE 939

We left Route 1 and followed Route 939, which is famous for the beauty of the landscapes that can be seen on the way. We were not disappointed. The water and the ice shaped the mountain in a strange way. The road was snaking through the mountains. At times lovely lupins made their apparition, making the setting quite bucolic. We saw a few houses lost in the middle of this mountainous landscape. This detour was well worth it!

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Here is a glimpse at route 939. Here we go!

EGILSSTADIR, CAPITAL OF THE EAST

We then went back to route 1 until we reached Egilsstadir, the “large city” of the East (about 2000 inhabitants)… Located at the crossroad of route 1 and several regional roads leading to the isolated towns within the fjords, it is the perfect place to make supplies.

However the city looked very small to us and quite isolated (we were now far away from the capital). There was a supermarket, a hospital, a few restaurants… but we were wondering where people go to buy something for their house, or some clothes, how they make a living… That’s mystery…

The city didn’t have a great touristic interest so after a quick lunch break, we continued our way towards Mjoifjordur.

EXPLORING MJOIFJORDUR, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FJORD IN THE REGION

We took route 92 and then route 953 heading towards Mjoifjordur. It is said to be the wildest and most beautiful fjord of the region. The road leading there was extraordinary in itself. It led us a few meters higher in altitude and suddenly we had the feeling to be in winter: there was snow all around us!

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We then went down again and suddenly the fjord appeared. It was very wild indeed! We couldn’t see a single house. The sea was snaking inside the snowy mountain. It was gorgeous!

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We went further down and saw many waterfalls on our way. We came to understand that as the snow melts, the water flows down the steep moutains directly inside the fjords, creating beautiful waterfalls.

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And then suddenly and almost magically once we reached the foot of the fjord, the big clouds disappeared and it was all nice and sunny. Iceland is more beautiful in the sun!

We discovered a tiny little town with a few houses. If we thought that Egilsstadir was isolated, what should we say about this place? To go to the nearest town, these people must go up the fjord, following the many curves, going through the heavy layer of fog that forms up there and then go back down towards Egilsstadir… In return, they live in this beautiful setting.

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After exploring this little town lost within the fjord, we went back to where we were coming from. A last glimpse at the fjord and we were on our way.

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HEADING TO SEYDISFJORDUR

We went back to Egilsstadir where we took route 93 that led us to another amazing fjord: Seydisfjordur where we would spend the night.

Once again we had to go up a mountain before reaching the fjord. We were back in the snow. As we progressed, the fog was getting thicker and thicker.

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Here is what it looked like to drive in the fog!

SPENDING THE NIGHT IN A FJORD IN SEYDISFJORDUR

Seydisfjordur is not as wild as the previous fjord we had visited. The town looks like a fairy tale town with its lovely colorful houses all around the fjord. We hurried to walk around the village before it totally disappeared inside the layer of fog.

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OUR HOSTEL FOR THE NIGHT: POST-HOSTEL

The view from our room was amazing. On one side the fjord, on the other a waterfall. We were happy to have chosen Seydisfjordur to spend the night.

The room was small and we had no private bathroom. However we had access to a modern and fully equipped kitchen that enabled us to save money on diner by cooking something ourselves. The atmosphere in the hostel was international. There were people from different age groups and nationalities.

As usual in Iceland, the room was very expensive but the setting made it well worth it.

INFO

Post-Hostel is located on Hafnargata 4, Seydisfjordur.

 We spent 94€ for the night.

 More info here.

NEXT…

The following day we continued our way towards the beautiful Myvatn lake where we spent two days…

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