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11/16/2022 | 3:00 PM

Rúrik Gíslason in East Iceland

Rúrik Gíslason is a former footballer for Iceland's national team, and a jack-of-all-trades who has turned his hand to making gin, modelling, music, and dance: in 2021, he won the German dance competition 'Let's Dance'.

Rúrik has been exploring regions of Iceland and sharing his discoveries. In November, he visited East Iceland. Check out his daily videos for all the sights and sounds of this uniquely beautiful region, from reindeers to rainbows, fab local flavors, mountain biking, spas, snowboarding and spectacular sunrises, then feel inspired to create your own itinerary. Be sure to visit the spectacular Stuðlagil canyon (pictured below), one the most-visited sites in the east.

We fly daily between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir, the main town in East Iceland and a gateway to all the area has to offer. The Visit Austurland website can help you uncover more highlights.

Rúrik Gíslason stands on rocks at the edge of Stuðlagil canyon in East Iceland, with the river at his feet.

Scenes from East Iceland

Rúrik, a native of Reykjavík, has been spending quality time in various scenic parts of his homeland, and documenting his travels. As well as the East, he has visited the Reykjanes peninsula – the perfect day out from Reykjavík – and also the magnificent Westfjords. He dropped into North Iceland, too, for some wintry adventures.

Follow Icelandair on Instagram to see more of Rúrik's adventures in Iceland, and look out for more stories from him as he visits some of Iceland's gems.

Rúrik Gíslason pets a reindeer at an enclosure while a cameraman looks on

A drone shot of Stuðlagil canyon, showing the basalt columns surrounding a blue-water river

Rúrik Gíslason stands on a road with an orange-sky sunset behind him, and a backdrop of snowy peaks

An elevated view of a road twisting down to a fjord edge, with a rainbow and cloudy skies overhead

Rúrik Gíslason in ski gear carries a snowboard on his back and stands on a sno-covered hillside with blue skies overhead