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Héraðsfloí

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North of Egilsstaðir, a broad, waterlogged valley contains the last stages of the silt-laden Lagarfljöt and Jökulsá á Brú as they wind their final 50km to the coast at Héraðsfloí, an equally wide bay. The spread of ponds and heathlands along the way are strewn with wildflowers and liberally populated by wading birds, ducks, swans, geese, skuas and – in autumn – reindeer. You’ll pass through this way en route to Borgafjörður Eystri, but if you fancy a few days amongst it – plus the chance to see seals and indulge in some horseriding – head for the beautifully isolated farmstead of Húsey, right up near the shore at the mouth of the Lagarfljöt.

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