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The Telegraph names East Iceland as one of its “must visit” destinations for 2016

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  • Reyðarfjörður The UK Newspaper The Telegraph does not menton Reyðarfjörður as one of the must visit towns in East Iceland, but despite the fact that the natural beauty of the fjord has been spoiled by an aluminum smelter, the town is lovely and the fjord majestic. Photo/GVA

The UK newspaper The Telegraph has named East Iceland as one of its 20 “must visit” destinations for 2016, encouraging visitors to go “beyond the golden circle” and see the less visited parts of Iceland.

Beyond the Golden Circle
“Everyone’s heard of Iceland’s Golden Circle”, the Telegraph argues, pointing out the popularity of the Western part of South Iceland is largely due to how easily it is reached from Reykjavík and the Keflavík international Airport. “But come spring, and a new direct flight to the town of Egilsstadir there’s a whole new circuit of natural wonders waiting to be explored… over in the east.”

East Iceland is the fifth destination on the list of destinations the experts of The Telegraph pick out for the coming year. Citing its relative remoteness and the dramatic natural beauty, it is the perfect destination for travellers looking to venture slightly off the beaten path, yet stay safely on the ring road. “[F]rom a base at Egilsstadir, you can hike beneath the rhyolite mountains at Borgarfjordur Eystri to the north and have the jade-coloured lakes and Giant Boulders of Storurd (steeped in elf legend) to yourself.”

Smaller crowds than in South West Iceland
The Telegraph argues that the “rugged coast” of East Iceland “has managed to escape the crowds of Iceland’s other extremity.” Travellers should make sure they visit the “bohemian town of Seydisfjordur” and the “pretty harbour at Djupivogur” where you will be “outnumbered by ducks and seabirds that come to seek refuge in the surrounding wetlands.” Other places you should visit, according to the Telegraph are Fáskrúðsfjörður, a town with a rich fishing history.

The final argument in favour of East Iceland, according to the Telegraph, is that it is the “backdoor access to Iceland’s central highlands”, where a four wheel drive tour can take you to the caves at Kverkfjöll and the ice cap of Vatnajökull glacier.

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