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. 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 centres 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.
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 melting of the Icelandic glaciers. The lagoon now stands 1.5 kilometres (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 metres (814 ft) depth as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lagoon has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland. - Location Map
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 metres (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. - Location Map
Hvannadalshnukur Mountain Peak - The webcam looks to the East, from Skaftafell preservation area
Grímsvötn is a basaltic volcano which 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. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Grimsvotn Volcano - Direct Webcam Feed
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. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Kverkfjoll mountains
Villages and harbours
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 harbour town, the second largest in the south-eastern part of Iceland, gives scenic views of Vatnajökull (the largest ice cap in Europe by volume). The community is also known as Hornafjarðarbær. - Location Map
Oddsskard is a pass in Eastern Iceland. There you can find a great skiing area. - Location Map
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 most situated in Fljótsdalshérað, where they have a number of 5,000 - 10,000. The largest forest in Iceland, Hallormstaðaskógur is also located in Fljótsdalshérað. - Location Map
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. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Eskifjordur harbor
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. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Faskrudsfjordur harbour
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. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Stodvarfjordur harbour
Here below you can find a direct feed from selected roads in South East Iceland.