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Egilsstaðir

The hub of the east, Egilsstaðir is the largest town in the region and it’s home to all the services a traveler might need. Across the bridge is the sister town of Fellabær, and together the population for the twin towns nudges 3000 inhabitants.

Transport connections are easy: Egilsstaðir airport has daily flights to and from Reykjavík, and buses connect to larger regional towns. Egilsstaðir makes a great hub for exploration – on its doorstep is Lagarfljót, a lake that may or may not be home to a monster, plus scenic hiking trails and roads to deliver you to neighboring fjords, forests, highland farms, waterfalls and wide open spaces. Just outside Fellabær is the newest addition to Iceland’s stellar collection of designer bathing spots, Vök Baths.

Egilsstaðir’s food scene is full of local flavor – you can sample farm-fresh produce and locally produced beer, and satisfy all budgets in restaurants that range from quick, easy pit-stops for road-trippers to upmarket dining rooms showcasing unique ingredients that haven’t traveled far to reach your plate.

There are places to tap into local culture, too, including the local museum with its focus on history and the introduction of reindeer to the region. Annual festivals celebrate an eclectic array of themes, including jazz music, winter darkness, and lake-dwelling beasts.

Highlights:

Walk: to Fardagafoss, a waterfall at the foot of Fjarðaheiði heath.

Taste: local reindeer, served in one of the fine restaurants. Vegetarians should look out for barley grown in the area.

Soak: with local kids at the town’s outdoor swimming pool, or in pools floating atop a lake at Vök Baths.

Road-trip: around the shores of Lagarfljót, to check out splendid Hengifoss waterfall, Skriðuklaustur monastery and Snæfellsstofa, a visitor center for the eastern area of Vatnajökull National Park.

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Egilsstaðir
GPS Points N65° 15' 43.348" W14° 24' 12.693"
Postal codes

700

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Selfljót river
Angling
  • Miðvangur 1
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 8993826
Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center
Tourist Information Centres
  • Kaupvangur 17
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 470-0750
Sæti hópferðir
Bus tours
  • Dalbrún 12
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 867-0528
Sagatrails of East Iceland
Saga & Heritage
  • Sunnufelli 4
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
Spyrnir
Day Tours
  • Kaupvangur 2
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 580-7908

Others

Hafursá Travel Service
Farm Holidays
  • Sólvellir 4
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
Guesthouse Ormurinn
Guesthouses
  • Ullartangi 6 / Skipalækur 3a
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 471-2004, 852-1004
Teahouse
Hostels
  • Kaupvangur 17
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 4712450
Lagarfell Studios
Guesthouses
  • Lagarfell 3
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 8934322

Others

Glóð restaurant
Restaurants
  • Skógarlönd 3
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 471-2400
Subway
  • Miðvangur 13
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 530-7069
Bókakaffi Hlöðum - By Lagarfljót Bridge
Restaurants
  • Hlaðir
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 471-2255, 864-6055
Nielsen Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Tjarnarbraut 1
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 471-2001
N1 - Service Station Egilsstaðir
Charging station
  • Kaupvangur 4
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 440-1450
Teahouse
Hostels
  • Kaupvangur 17
  • 700 Egilsstaðir
  • 4712450
History and Culture
Gálgaás

Gálgaás is an old execution place in Egilsstaðir. The cliff Gálgaás, just east of Egilsstaðir Church, may seem unimposing, yet it has been the location of many a lugubrious destiny in centuries past. The most renowned person to lose his life at Gálgaás was a farmer named Valtýr, living at Eyjólfsstaðir some 10 km southwards. He was hanged in the wake of being tried for theft and murder, accusations which he steadfastly denied. Fourteen years later, the real murderer was unmasked by mere chance - also named Valtýr und suffered the same fate as his innocent namesake. Both skeletons were left lying below the cliff, which now bears a bronze plate commemorating these events.

History and Culture
Nielsenshus

The Nielsen House was the first private house erected in the village of Egilsstaðir , built in the year 1944 by the danish Oswald Nielsen. Today it houses a nice coffe house and a restaurant, th Café Nielsen.

History and Culture
Midhús

Miðhús was among the first guesthouses in the Hérað region. Travellers passed Miðhús on their way to Seyðisfjörður and Eskifjörður. Today Miðhús houses an art gallery and a workshop (operative since 1975) where Icelandic material is used in many diffirent ways.

Other attractions
Golf course in Fellabær

You can happily play golf on the course in Fljótsdalshérað. There is a cozy 9-hole course run by Fljótsdalshérað golf club. The course is called Ekkjufellsvöllur and is par 70 in addition to boasting a par-5 course, six par-4 courses, and two par-3 courses.

Nature
Fardagafoss

The scenic Fardagafoss waterfall is situated close to the main road to Seyðisfjörður as it winds its way up the mountainside of Fjardarheiði, about 5 km from Egilsstaðir. The ascent from the parking area to the fall takes about half an hour. Underway you can enjoy the beautiful gorge and views over the whole valley. The last stage of the trail is not an easy walk, a chain is fastened in the cliff to get down to the water, but it´s worth it.

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Nature
Selskógur

Selskógur the small forest on the eastern outskirts of Egilsstaðir, mainly consists of birch but also numerous rowans. Inviting woodchip trails of various lengths lure the wanderer to stroll through the peaceful surroundings. A football field and a playground are among other recreational options in the area.

Nature
Hrafnafell

Drive the gravel road up to Fjallssel farm and to the highest spot south-west of Hafrafell. Walk from the sign by the road towards the antennas on Hrafnafell where you can find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Do walk on to Hafrafellsrétt livestock pen (N65°18.02-W14°29.23) which is man-made of rocks and stones, between cliffs slightly to the east of the trail.

It is also very nice to descend east of Hrafnafell and see Kvíahellir cave (N65°18,359-W14°29,063). If you take the circle the walk is 5.8 km long and a red trail.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°18,304-W14°29,098

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Nature
Eyvindará

Among the precious gems of the township, Egilsstaðir is the river Eyvindará. Small waterfalls nourishing it, as well as the stream´s deep green-blue color, contribute to its exquisite beauty. The depths render Eyvindará an ideal swim site during the summer-season, albeit the water is cold. The farm on the river banks traces its roots prior to A.D. 1000. This is the site of the burial mound of saga legend Helgi Droplaugarson, and ruins - commonly believed to be the ruins of his historic abode- is still to be seen. The area is highly popular among the local youths for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur