The East Fjords cover a 120km stretch of eastern Iceland’s twisted coastline between Borgarfjörður Eystri in the north and southern Berufjörður, with many of the fjords – none of which is particularly large – sporting small villages, mostly given over to fishing. The fjord scenery can be vivid, particularly in summer, with the villages sitting between flat blue sea and steep, steel-grey mountains, their peaks dusted in snow and lower slopes covered in greenery and flowers. Aside from scenery and puffins at Borgarfjörður Eystri, highlights include Seyðisfjörður, for its Norwegian-style wooden houses and international ferry, and, right at the fjords’ southern end, the tiny island of Papey, which can be visited on a day-trip from Djúpivogur.
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- Seyðisfjörður hikes
Several hiking trails begin at Neskaupstaður’s campsite; you can buy maps at the Nesbær café. The easiest follows the coast for 1.5km to Páskahellir – Easter Cave – from where it’s said you can see the sun dancing on Easter morning. A much tougher proposition is the full-day hike north over the mountains into Mjóifjörður; or the 10km return hike up along the ridgetop to Flesjartangi, right at the mouth of Mjóifjörður.