The East Fjords are known for their sweeping landscapes, calm scenic fjords, and picturesque tiny fishing villages. Supplement your explorations with delicious meals made with local ingredients from the waters and land.

Local Icelandic specialties include fresh fish soup, roasted lamb and reindeer, lobster, and langoustines. On harsh winter days, cozy up to fresh cakes and coffee in a small cafe in a tiny village. Here are some of the best places to experience a local taste of Iceland’s East Fjords.

In between delicious meals, be sure to visit the many scenic stops between Egilsstadir and Vik.

Restaurants and Cafes in Egilsstaðir

Eldhúsið Restaurant at Lake Hotel Egilsstadir (Gistihúsið)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eldhúsið Restaurant at Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

The Restaurant Eldhúsið, located at the Gistihúsið Lake Hotel, serves only the freshest traditional meals made in a contemporary style with locally-sourced organic ingredients. The chefs use only the top quality, seasonal ingredients found in the East Fjords, including dairy and meat from the farm next door. The most popular item on the menu is “Farm Food Direct”, a three-course meal.

lakehotel.is/restaurant

Hours:

  • Breakfast: 7 am - 10 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am - 5 pm
  • Dinner: 6 pm - 10 pm

Cafe Nielsen

Lunch, Dinner

Cafe Nielsen, located in Egilsstaðir‘s oldest house

Located in Egilsstaðir‘s oldest houses (and one of the most beautiful), this family run restaurant has been delighting guests for 20 years. Experience local Icelandic cuisine of reindeer, fresh fish, lamb, lobster, soups, and vegetarian options in a traditional house setting.

e.cafenielsen.is

Hours:

  • Mon-Tue: 11am - 6pm
  • Wed-Fri: 11 am- 10pm
  • Sat: 12pm - 10pm
  • Sun: closed

Restaurants and Cafes in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Álfacafé

The friendly Álfacafé in Bakkagerði is a friendly local hangout and the main place in town to eat or drink. Try the fish soup and flatbreads for larger meals, or cakes, waffles, coffee, hot chocolate or other drinks for a snack.

facebook.com/alfacafe

Open from May until mid-October


Restaurants and Cafes in Seydisfjordur

Kaffi Lára El Grillo Bar

Lunch, Dinner, Drinks

This local, neighborhood bar is a great place to spend some time while in Seydisfjordur, to meet the locals, enjoy a nice meal, and try some of the local beers (20 Local beers, including “El Grillo”, specially made for this bar). The town is small, and the people are friendly and gather here in the evenings to talk and relax at the end of the day. Try In the summer, the fire up the barbecue in the back. Ask the bartender for stories of Lara, a local legend for whom the bar is named.

facebook.com/kaffilara/

Hours:

  • Sun-Thur: 11:30am - 1am
  • Fri-Sat: 11:30am - 3:30am

Nordic Restaurant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee

This Nordic Restaurant finds influences in French, Danish, and Italian cuisines in addition to the traditional Icelandic dishes. The fresh fish is caught each day from local fisherman, and vegetables and lab are also locally sourced. At lunch, you can find a buffet spread and enjoy delicious pastries, cakes, and coffee at all times of the day.

hotelaldan.is/nordic-restaurant


Skaftfell Bistro

Late Lunch, Dinner

Skaftafell Bistro, Seydisfjordur (photo by Paula Prats, paulaprats.com)

Skaftfell Bistro is located a little past the harbor and offers delicious pizzas, cakes, sweets, coffee, beer, and wine.

skaftfell.is/bistro/

Austurvegur 42 710 Seyðisfjörður

Hours:

  • Mon - Fri: 3pm - 9pm
  • Sat - Sun: 2pm - 9pm

Restaurants and Cafes in Djúpivogur 

Restaurant Framtíð

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Restaurant Framtíð serves fresh fish delivered daily by fishermen in the nearby harbor

You can find this cozy restaurant in the original 1904 building of the Framtíð Hotel, near the Djúpivogur harbor. Look out the window and you can watch the fishing boats bob in the water and look out towards the mountains in the distance across the fjord. The specialty (and most popular dish) is the fresh catch of the day, which may be cod, trout, halibut, haddock, or redfish. They also offer an assortment of appetizers and other main courses such as roast lamb and langoustines.

hotelframtid.com/restaurant

Hours:

Summer season (June - August)

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am
  • Lunch: 12pm-3pm
  • Dinner: 6pm-9pm

Winter season (September - May)

  • Breakfast: 8am - 9:30am
  • Lunch: 12pm - 2pm
  • Dinner: 6pm - 8:30pm 

Langabúð Cafe

Lunch, Coffee

If you are looking for a light meal, snack, or coffee, head to Langabúð cafe. The Cafe is in the oldest building in Djupivogur (1790), which is also home to a cultural center and museum where you can learn more about the life of a local artist and the area. In the cafe, you can enjoy soups, bread, smoked salmon and lamb, coffee, and cakes. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options, as well as local Icelandic beers.

langabud.is


Restaurants and Cafes in Höfn

Pakkhus Restaurant

Lunch, Dinner

Fresh fish at Pakkhus Restaurant, Höfn (photo by Marisa Komisar, kimkim traveler)

This new restaurant is located by the Höfn Harbor in a converted warehouse building. Here you can enjoy delicious fresh seafood locally caught, such as fish, lobsters, and langoustines (most popular), fish soup, lamb, salted cod, duck & pork, and even langoustine pizza. If you still have room, try a taste of the delicious Skyr Volcano for dessert. Try the local beer, Vatnajökull, made from the water of the local glaciers.

pakkhus.is

Hours: Daily from 12pm - 9pm