19th January 2020

TOP 10 things to do in Egilsstadir


Find what to do in Egilsstaðir – accommondations like hostel, guesthouse and camping. So you can visit museum or swimming pool and shop in grocery store.

About Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir is a city in eastern Iceland with 2306 (2706 in the entire urban area) inhabitants (2016), located at the 40 km long, 2 km wide and 112 m deep lake Sagurinn.

Egilsstaðir, which has its name after the farm Egilsstaðir, was founded in 1947 due to a need for a service center and urban facilities in eastern Iceland. The city is characterized by being an educational center and has a lively cultural life with many festivals.

It has airport, school, museum, hospital, administration, hotels and restaurants, campsite, shopping malls and gas stations. The airport is a reserve airport for Iceland’s international airport Keflavík.

The main route route 1 crosses the river Lagarfljót near the farm Egilsstaðir.

The city grew in 2004-2008 under construction of the Kárahnjukár dam, which produces electricity for an aluminum plant in Reyðarfjörður owned by Alcoa.

The ferry company, “Lagarfljótsormurinn,” named after the leased Lagarfljóts worm, which is said to be kept in the lake, offers boat trips on the calm 30 km stretch of water surrounded by hills and wooded banks. There are also opportunities for river rafting, angling and watercraft tours. 25 km from the town lies the forest Hallormsstadarskógur (planted in 1903), which is known for its mild climate and good hiking trails.

It’s about. an hour’s walk up to the top of the 508 m high mountain Mulakollur, which overlooks the area. In the vicinity of Egilsstaðir there are good opportunities for hunting reindeer, for example.

From Egilsstaðir there is a good 160 km of asphalt road to the volcano area at Lake Mývatn.

Best restaurants in Egilsstadir

A complete list of cafés, restaurants, and buffets. Find out where to stop to eat during your road trip along Seydisfjordur.

  1. Askur Pizzeria

  2. Kjot&fiskur Fresh Fish

  3. Nielsen restaurant

Best hotels in Egilsstadir

A complete list of hotels, guesthouses, and cottages in Seydisfjordur. Find out where to stay during your road trip along north Iceland.

  1. Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

  2. Ormurinn Cottages

  3. Guesthouse Olga

  4. Hótel Eyvindará

  5. Tehúsið Hostel

Best things to do in Egilsstadir

A complete list of waterfalls, tours, and other attractions. Find out what to do during your road trip along Seydisfjordur.

  1. Fardagafoss

  2. Selskógur

  3. Vok baths

  4. Hengifoss Waterfall

  5. The Wilderness Center

  6. Laugarfell bath

  7. Swimming pool in Egilsstadir

  8. Bike rental

  9. Golf

  10. Horse riding nearby Egilsstadir

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