It can be argued that, for many travelers, just about all of Iceland feels like an untouched expanse of geologic wonder. Fair enough; however, if you're looking to experience adventure and remoteness in perhaps its purest form, make the trip east to Borgarfjördur Eystri. A small fishing village of well under 150 inhabitants, this area rich in fjords and mountainous beauty is situated on almost the exact opposite side of Iceland as Reykjavik, meaning you'll have to work to get here. As long as you've got a little time to spend, trust us when we say the rewards will be well worth the effort.
For starters, Borgarfjördur Eystri is a hiker's paradise with somewhere in the neighborhood of 27 nearby hiking trails available. Highlights of these treks include Víknaslóðir (the "Deserted Inlets"), the imposing Dyrfjöll mountains (its namesake standing at 1,136 m), and the singularly-spectacular labyrinthine collection of glacial pools and giant boulders known as Stórurð. It's recommended that you give yourself 10 days just for hiking alone, although you can still get great sense of the land in around 4-5. You've got plenty of opportunities to explore via mountain bike or sea kayak as well, but since the availability of these things is very limited in a town this size you may need to bring your own.
Adventures, however, are just the tip of the iceberg here. Borgarfjördur Eystri is renowned for its sense of preserved Icelandic culture, including small-boat fishing and elfin folkloric traditions that are very much alive and well. From late April to mid-August, it's also home to thousands of pairs of nesting puffins, meaning you'll get a chance to get up close and personal with one of the country's most intriguing bird species. We could go on, but that should be enough to sate your initial curiosity. Check out our links for more info, and prep yourself for some unspoiled natural splendor like only Iceland can deliver.