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DAY TOUR

START BRIGHT AND EARLY visit Vallanes Organic Farm for breakfast. Then drive through Iceland’s biggest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, where you can, e.g., go for a walk through the Arboretum – a living tree museum – or enjoy the lake views at Atlavík.

When you have experienced the forest, taken pictures, and enjoyed the views, we recommend a visit to the Wilderness Center for lunch and the extraordinary museum. There you can even cross the glacial river in a cable trolley. Continuing to Laugarfell, you can relax in the naturally warm pool with its view of Snæfell as well as enjoy some homemade cake at the Laugarfell Hostel. Farther into the highlands, you reach Kárahnjúkar Dam and can look down into Hafrahvammagljúfur - the deepest canyon in Iceland.

If you have the time, we recommend a hike to Hengifoss waterfall on your way back to Egilsstaðir. The hike is quite steep, but the trail is good and well worth it.

 

 

 

Places to Visit

Activities

Hús Handanna Icelandic Art & Design Shop
Egilsstaðir Swimming pool
Sláturhúsið
East Highlanders
Arboretum in Hallormsstaðar Forest
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history
Wilderness center
Waterfall Circle
Laugarfell
Turf Houses by Hjarðarhagi
Vök Baths

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Sænautasel Jökuldalsheiði 701 Egilsstaðir 853-6491

Restaurants

Vök Bistro
Our Vök Bistro serves a tasty array of small courses, soups, salads, and cakes accompanied by a variety of freshly baked homemade bread. All ingredients are locally sourced and organic where possible;…
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir
Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is an established, family-run hotel in a farming district. It meets all modern standards of services and amenities, quality, sophistication, and comfort. Yet it fai…
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Icelandair Hotel Herad is located in the town of Egilsstadir - the heart of east Iceland. The hotel atmosphere is warm and inviting and a great on-site restaurant serves fresh local produce such as re…
Glóð restaurant
Salt Café & Bistro
A bistro is in its original Parisian incarnation a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve. French homestyle coo…
Nielsen Restaurant
Nielsen is a newly renovated restaurant in the heart of Egilsstaðir, East Iceland. The house, which is the oldest house in town, was built in 1944 by a danish man named Oswald Nielsen hence the name o…
Skálinn Diner
50's style American diner situated in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland. Serving Icelandic home cooking with Kjörís icecream on the side. 
Askur Pizzeria
Welcome to our new local brewery located in East Iceland, Egilsstaðir. We offer a variety of local pizza but you can also make your own! What a deal! We now offer takeaways and you can eat directly at…
Teahouse
Hotel 1001 nott
Hotel 1001 nott is a family-owned luxury hotel, beautifully situated in a quiet area by Lake Lagarfljót, approximately 5km from Egilsstaðir. Guests can explore the spacious hotel garden during their s…
Móðir jörð
The Móðir Jörð products originate from the organic farm of Vallanes, in East Iceland.  Móðir Jörð is recognised for organic Icelandic products made from ingredients which have been grown under natural…
Lauf
Lauf Restaurant invites you to have a taste of Icelandic cuisine in the form of an exquisite evening buffet. With a great selection of delicious courses, it is guaranteed that nobody goes to sleep hun…
Klausturkaffi Café
Klausturkaffi is located in the cultural centre at Skriðuklaustur in Fljotsdalur valley, 39 km from Egilsstaðir. The restaurant offers lunch and cake buffet every day when it is open along with the sm…
Wilderness center
Wilderness Center of Iceland - Center of Recreation The Wilderness Center is an authentic and peaceful hideaway, located right on the edge of Northern Europe´s most extensive wilderness. One can exper…

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Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
N1 - Service Station Egilsstaðir Kaupvangur 4 700 Egilsstaðir 440-1450
Olis - Service Station Búðareyri 33 730 Reyðarfjörður 474-1147

Accommodation

Guesthouse Vínland
Skipalækur
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Teahouse
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir
Egilsstaðir Campsite
Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir
Hotel 1001 nott
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Hengifoss Guesthouse
Wilderness center
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