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Best of East Iceland May 23-30

By Staff

  • Digging throug to Mjóifjörður village. Photos/The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

This is the East Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Tunnel of snow
The road leading to Mjóifjörður fjord and its tiny village is finally open. It is one of the last mountain roads to be cleared of snow in Iceland every year. The steep gravel mountain road in East Iceland is closed for up to nine months. Connections between the few inhabitants and the outside world is by sea throughout the winter. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration had to digg through the enormous amount of snow leaving snow walls up to 6 metres (19 f) lining part of the road. This makes for and adventerous drive.When you are through then you should visit Klifbrekkufossar waterfall or keep on and visit the lighthouse and weather station  in Dalatangi, on Iceland's easternmost point.

The star of the east Iceland waterfalls
The hike up to Hengifoss waterfall is newly opened and people are hiking there every day now. At 128 meters (420 ft) is second the highest waterfall in Iceland. it has been called the star of the many waterfalls of East Iceland. The hike takes 2-3 hours (the round trip) and is quite challenging, rated 4 out of 5 in difficulty.

Is the monster of Lagarfljót lake real?
Close by Hengifoss waterfall is the 53 square kilometres (20 sq mi) and 25 kilometres (16 mi) long Lagarfljót lake. iceland's biggest forest is next to the lake. Keepn an ey out for the monster or the huge serpent some locals belive inhabits Lake Lagarfljót. It's supposed to be a similar to the one lving in the  Scottish lake Loch Ness. In 2011 a local man catched it on the video below.

Iceland Lake Monster HQ, by XMysteryFiles

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