East Fjords (What To See - East)

East Fjords (What To See - East)
East Fjords of Iceland is a very picturesque and calm part of Iceland with dramatic, yet scenic narrow fjords and small fishing villages. The mountains of the East fjords were shaped by Ice Age glaciers and provide you with magnificent views. Besides the amazing nature, there are many places of interest, museums as well as hiking trails and many boat tours area available at East Fjords of Iceland. As many of these fjords are not on the ring road, they are missed by many travelers but a short detour to for example Sey­isfj÷r­ur town or the tranquil Mjˇifj÷r­ur in summer is well worth the drive.

Reindeer and a volcanic eruption

In the eastern part of Iceland you might encounter an animal that you will not see anywhere else in Iceland and that is the reindeer. The reindeer was introduced in Iceland in the late 18th century and were supposed to be an extra source of income and food for Icelandic farmers, who at that time lived in huge poverty after a catastrophic volcanic eruption in south Iceland, called Skaftßreldar that started in 1783. A cloud of ashes and toxic gases from the eruption blocked sunlight for many months, causing crop failures and much of the livestock perished. The following year, there came no summer to Iceland and it was extremely cold. This meant a famine in the country and thousands of people died. Iceland was a part of Denmark at the time, and the Danish king, considered to evacuate the entire population of Iceland to Denmark. This did not come to be, but instead, reindeer were brought to Iceland for the purpose of supporting the farmers and other inhabitants of the country. However this plan did not work, and many of the reindeer did not survive but the decedents of those that survived are now living wild in the highlands of eastern Iceland, where they now thrive very well.

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