The East is the only part of Iceland where you can see reindeer’s out in the wild. Which is actually common in the East. Imported from North Norway in the 18th century, they soon settled in the area and it’s believed that they were about four thousand in total at most. Today, they are about 2.500. Annually the Icelandic authorities decide how much of them can be hunted and one has to apply for a permit to do so.
The East of Iceland is an area where people can experience both an exotic nature, with Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull, as well as an interesting human society, with plenty of peaceful towns by the seashore. Seyðisfjörður town has become a destination of regular ferry transportation between Iceland, Denmark and the Faeroe Islands by Smyril Line.
The landscape is recognized for its mountain ridges and is a popular place for hiking or camping. Hallormsstaðarskógur is the country’s largest forest and a nature reserve alongside the lake Lögurinn. In Atlavík, which is located by the forest, used to be held festivals that are well known to every Icelander and the Beatle Ringo Starr once performed at.
Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður is Europe’s largest national park reaching out from the gigantic Vatnajökull in the South to Ásbyrgi canyon in the North. It’s a perfect site for anyone that wants to explore the igniting tension between lava and ice. In Vatnajökull you can go on an exciting trip on snowmobiles.