The 252-mile (405 km) journey from Seydisfjordur in the Eastfjords region to Kirkjubæjarklaustur on the southern coast is best done by self-driving. Without stopping, it should take a little under five hours, but it's wise to allow for extra time to explore—you’ll be glad you did. The route skirts the well-known Vatnajökull National Park, where travelers can take excursions to explore the glacier, glacial lagoon, and ice caves (in winter only).
After enjoying the artsy village of Seydisfjordur, with it's many hiking and cultural opportunities, travelers will embark south on a drive full of relatively untouched beauty. Find yourself hiking to impressive waterfalls, visiting small fishing villages, and perhaps even spotting some wild reindeer.
This itinerary details more highlights to consider for an Eastfjords & South Coast 6-day driving route.
Duration: 4.5 hours (direct); 10-12 hours (with stops)
Taking your time is encouraged here, as the Eastfjords region is incredibly peaceful (and less touristy than other areas of the country). Just south of Egilsstadir, you'll find the trail for two waterfalls, Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss—and if you don't mind a little bit of a detour (about 40 extra minutes), Routes 92 to 96 along the coast from Breiðdalsvík will present astonishing scenery.
On the rest of the route, travelers will marvel at the Eastern coastline, roadside waterfalls like Folaldafoss, and hiking around Stokksnes with a picture-perfect view of the Vestrahorn mountains. Stop in Höfn for visitor information about Vatnajökull National Park and plan your glacier-inspired adventures. Make sure to stop at Diamond Beach at sunrise, if possible, for a natural light show among the icebergs.
For even more attractions to consider visiting in the fjord region, check out Highlights of the Eastfjords.
By Private Transfer or Group Tour
Duration: 10-12 hours (private); Multi-day (group)
It would be possible to hire a driver for a private transfer—however, because of the distance, a car rental is a more reasonable choice. Joining a multi-day group tour that includes the Eastfjords and South Coast would make the most sense for travelers looking to see highlights without self-driving.