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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


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

Other (1)

Sænautasel Jökuldalsheiði 701 Egilsstaðir 853-6491


Other (3)

Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge Hlaðir 700 Egilsstaðir 471-2255
N1 - Service Station Egilsstaðir Kaupvangur 4 700 Egilsstaðir 440-1450
Olís - Service station Hafnarbraut 19 740 Neskaupstaður 477-1500


Guesthouse Vínland
Hótel Valaskjálf
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Lyngás Guesthouse - Egilsstaðir
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir
Egilsstaðir Campsite
Hotel 1001 nott
Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse
Stormur Cottages
Vallanes Farm Guesthouse
Mjóanes accommodation
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Hallormsstaðaskógur Camping Ground
Hengifoss Guesthouse
Wilderness center
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