When you think of Iceland, Reykjavik inevitably comes to mind, as well as black sand beaches, waterfalls and geysers in the west. But hardly any tourists know about the beauty of a rather unknown side of the land of ice and fire — Iceland’s east or “Austurland.”

No matter whether hiking, relaxing, swimming, wildlife or local culture is on your agenda, there’s something for everyone in East Iceland.

East Iceland is especially known for its wild waterfalls. Some of the cascades can be explored easily on foot while others take a bit more time and effort. Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, is also worth a visit. The area boasts a variety of hiking trails for different levels of physical fitness.

Puffin lovers flock to Borgarfjörður Eystri and its famous puffin colonies. Take time to stroll along one of the region’s black or white beaches.

Another highlight of Iceland’s east is Stuðlagil Canyon in the Jökuldalur valley, where turquoise water flows between the enormous basalt columns. And definitely indulge in one of Austurland’s geothermal baths.

Find out more about Iceland’s mysterious east and design your perfect trip through the region at Iceland ProTravel.