Egilsstaðir is the unofficial capital of East Iceland. Its population is 2332. It lies on the banks of the Lagarfljót river.
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The weather in Egilsstaðir is unpredictable. Temperatures are moderate: they don't go very high in the summer, nor do they go much below zero during winter. January is the coldest month.
One airport serves the Egilstaðir area and most of East Iceland.
1 Egilsstaðir Airport (Icelandic: Egilsstaðaflugvöllur, EGS IATA). Located between Egilsstaðir and an neighboring town named Fellabær. One airline has scheduled flights to and from Egilsstaðir airport:
- Air Iceland - operates domestic flights to Reykjavík
Two main roads serve as entry points into Egilsstaðir
- The ring road (Road 1) enters the town from north and south.
- Seyðisfjarðarvegur (Road 93) enters the town from the east, linking it to Seyðisfjörður and the Smyril line ferry.
Renting a car
Car rental services can be found at Egilsstaðir airport. If you indend only to go between the towns of East-Iceland, renting a car is not necessary as the area does have a bus system.
Walking in Egilsstaðir is recommended as the town is small. The longest walking path in the town is 3.2 kilometers long.
Most of East Iceland has a joint public bus system. Single rides within the town cost 350 kr and 10 tickets can be bought for 3150 kr. Children below the age of 16 are charged 175 kr for a single ride trip within the town. The bus system is divided into 23 areas where one single ride fare or one ticket is charged for each area. The longest trip is between Borgarfjörður, north of Egilsstaðir, and Höfn.
As an tourist you should be able to manage without an car if you are only staying in the city. Driving is recommended though for travel outside of the town.
It is easy to bike in Egilsstaðir if you can handle a few hills and strong headwinds. You could even go over the Lagarfljót bridge and visit the neighboring town Fellabær as these towns are situated quite close to each other.
- Skógar rent a bike, Dynskógar 4, ☏ .
- East-Iceland archive museum, Laufskógur 1, ☏ . Mondays to Tuesdays: 12-16. Archive of films and documents relevant to the history of East-Iceland.
- 1 Hengifoss (Directions: turn into Route 1 over the Lagarfljót bridge. Once you have crossed the bridge turn left into Route 931. Park the car at an the end of the lagoon and walk up the mountain towards the waterfall.). is the second highest waterfall in Iceland. It is 128 meters high.
- 2 Stuðlagil canyon (Upper Jökuldalur). The not too frequented canyon is created by the river Jökulsá á Brú. Nearby, there are also Stuðlafoss Basalt Column Waterfall and Basalt Column Canyon.
- Egilsstaðir swimming pool, ☏ . Summer: Mondays to Tuesdays from 6:30 to 20:30, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 17. Winter: Mondays to Fridays 6:30 to 20:30, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 17. 25-meter long swimming pool, two hot tubs and an water slide. 600 kr for adults, 250 kr for children..
- Bónus, Miðvangur 13. Low-cost supermarket chain.
- Nettó, Kaupvangur 6. Low-cost supermarket chain
- [dead link] Café Nielsen, Tjarnarbraut 1, ☏ . Mondays to Fridays from 11:30 to 13:30 only during the summer.. Up to 2500 kr for a main course..
- Guesthouse 707, Hamragerði 3, ☏ .
- [dead link] Lyngás guesthouse, ☏ .
- Egilsstaðir campsite, Kaupvangur 17, ☏ . 1200 ISK per adult.
- Icelandair Hotel Hérað, Miðvangur 1-7, ☏ .
- Hallormsstaðaskógur is one of the largest forests in Iceland. It covers an 730 hectare area. Directions: turn into Route 1 towards Höfn. Turn right into Route 931. The forest will appear along the road to your right.
- Stórurð is a natural phenomenon with rocks and lakes. Travelers should only go to Stórurð during the summer. Directions: Turn into Route 94 towards Bakkagerði. Park the car near Geldingarfjall mountain. From there is a 7.1-kilometer long marked path towards Stórurð.
|Routes through Egilsstaðir|
|Akureyri ← Reykjahlíð ←||N S||→ Höfn → Reykjavik|