A 550km strip of secluded beauty covering eastern and south-east Iceland with breathtaking fjords, some uninhabited and others with quaint fishing villages, the East Fjords are one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Each with its own flair and touch of grandeur, they take in a quarter of the country’s coastal fringe plus some rugged highlands and a sizeable chunk of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Höfn in Hornafjördur is the main town in the southeast, and further west is the tiny settlement of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the jumping-off point for several trips inland, the best of which takes you through the fallout from Lakagígar, one of Iceland’s most disastrous eruptions and wild Lónsöræfi reserve. A largely infertile terrain of highland moors, coastal gravel deserts and alluvial sands contrasts with narrow fjords, jagged peaks, toppling waterfalls, geothermal hotspots, lush forests and endless green valleys are home to the wild and natural habitat of Iceland’s reindeer population. Vopnafjördur, Bakkafjördur and Seydisfjordur mirror each other with their adorable, impressive old houses from around a century ago and Hallormsstadaskogur is an impressive forest in a country otherwise almost barren of trees.