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Below the East Fjords, South East Iceland is dominated by the vastness of Vatnajökull glacier, whose icy cap and host of outrunning glaciers sprawl west of the town of Höfn.

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South West - West - Westfjords - North - North East - South East - South - Highlands

south east coast iceland

With a largely infertile terrain of highland moors and coastal gravel deserts known as sandurs to contend with – not to mention a fair share of catastrophic volcanic events – the population centers here are few and far between, though you can explore the glacial fringes at the wild Lónsöræfi reserve, and at Skaftafell National Park, where there are plenty of marked tracks. Further west, the tiny settlement of Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the jumping-off point for several trips inland, the best of which takes you through the fallout from one of Iceland’s most disastrous eruptions.

lomagnupur mountain road view in skeidararsandur

Natural wonders

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón (literally "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull, it evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of the melting of the Icelandic glaciers. The lagoon now stands 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland at over 248 meters (814 ft) depth as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lagoon has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered one of the natural wonders of Iceland.

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

jokulsarlon glacier lagoon icebergs near breidamerkurjokull

Hvannadalshnukur Mountain Peak

Hvannadalshnúkur (or Hvannadalshnjúkur) is a pyramidal peak on the northwestern rim of the summit crater of the Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland and is the highest point of the island. An official measurement completed in August 2005 established its height as 2,109.6 meters (6,921 ft) (previously set as 2,119 m (6,952 ft)).

The peak is part of the Vatnajökull National Park. The route to the top is a popular climb though numerous and frequently hidden crevasses call for experienced mountain guides.

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Hvannadalshnukur Mountain Peak (The webcam looks to the East, from the Skaftafell preservation area.)

highest peak of iceland Hvannadalshnjukur on Vatnajokull

Grimsvotn volcano - in Vatnajokull glacier

Grímsvötn is a basaltic volcano that has the highest eruption frequency of all the volcanoes in Iceland and has a southwest-northeast-trending fissure system. The massive climate-impacting Laki fissure eruption of 1783–1784 was a part of the same fissure system. Grímsvötn was erupting at the same time as Laki during 1783 but continued to erupt until 1785. Because most of the volcano lies underneath Vatnajökull, most of its eruptions have been subglacial and the interaction of magma and meltwater from the ice causes phreatomagmatic explosive activity.

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Grimsvotn Volcano - Direct Webcam Feed

glacial lake on top of grimsvotn eruption site on vatnajokull

Kverkfjoll mountains

The mountain range Kverkfjöll (1,764 m) is situated on the north-eastern border of the glacier Vatnajökull in Iceland. With their glacier Kverkjökull, they are to be found between the Vatnajökull and the Dyngjufjöll (s. Askja). The mountains are still active volcanoes. Especially around 1720, they were often erupting and causing glacier runs.

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Kverkfjoll mountains

Villages and harbours

Hofn in Hornarfjordur - village

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the south-eastern part of the country. As of 2011, the population of the town was 1,641. This harbor town, the second largest in the southeastern part of Iceland, gives scenic views of Vatnajökull (the largest ice cap in Europe by volume). The community is also known as Hornafjarðarbær.

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Hofn in Hornarfjordur - To the North

fishing boats in hofn town harbor in iceland

Oddsskard pass - Skiing area

Oddsskard is a pass in Eastern Iceland. There you can find a great skiing area.

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Oddsskard pass - Skiing area

Fljotsdalsherad municipality

Fljótsdalshérað is a municipality located in eastern Iceland. As of April 1, 2008, it had a total population of 4,033. At 8884 km², it is the largest municipality in the country by area. The biggest town in the municipality is Egilsstaðir, with a population of 2,300. The wild reindeer of Iceland are mostly situated in Fljótsdalshérað, where they have a number of 5,000 - 10,000. The largest forest in Iceland, Hallormstaðaskógur is also located in Fljótsdalshérað.

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road leading to egilsstadir town in iceland

Eskifjordur town

Eskifjörður (in original Icelandic spelling), or also Eskifjördur, is a town and port in eastern Iceland with a large fishing industry. It has a population of 1,043 and constitutes one of the most populated villages part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð.

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Eskifjordur harbor

Faskrudsfjordur town

Fáskrúðsfjörður (sometimes named also Buðir) is a town in eastern Iceland. It has a population of 662 (as of 2011) and constitutes one of the villages composing the municipality of Fjarðabyggð.

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Faskrudsfjordur harbour

Stodvarfjordur town

Stöðvarfjörður is a small village in east Iceland. It sits on a fjord of the same name. and is part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and has about 200 inhabitants.

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Stodvarfjordur harbour

Webcam feed of road conditions in South East Iceland

Here below you can find a direct feed from selected roads in South East Iceland.

Norðfjarðarvegur road (92), Fagridalur valley

Location map - Webcam feedsFagridalur to the North - On the road - Fagridalur to the South


Norðfjarðarvegur road (92), Oddsskarð

Location map - Webcam feeds: Oddsskard towards the skiing area - Seen from the tunnel South Side - Seen towards Nordfjordur - Seen from tunnel Northside


Suðurfjarðarvegur road (96), Fáskrúðsfjarðargöng tunnel

Location map - Webcam feeds:  View to the North - On the road North side - View to the South - On the road Southside


Hringvegur (1) Ring Road, Breiðdalsheiði

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Breiddalsheidi to the West - On the road - Breiddalsheidi to the East


Suðurfjarðarvegur road (96), Kambaskriður

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Kambaskridur to the West - On the road - Kambaskridur to the East


Hringvegur (1) Ring Road, Hvalnesskriður

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Hvalnesskridur to the South - On the road - Hvalnesskridur to the North


Hringvegur (1) Ring Road, Almannaskarð

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Almannaskard to the North - On the road North side - On the road South side -Almannaskard to the South


Hringvegur (1) Ring Road, Hestgerði

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Hestgerdi to the East - On the road - Hestgerdi to the West


Hringvegur (1) Ring Road, Kvísker

Location map - Webcam feeds:  Kvisker to the North East - On the road - Kvisker to the South West

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