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Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir is the biggest town in East Iceland, which makes it an ideal rest stop. It sits on the shores of Lagarfjlót 

 

The beauty of the natural surroundings makes it a lovely place to explore, and you might be lucky enough to see reindeer in the hills. The weather in Egilsstaðir is often much warmer than in the rest of the country. As well as that, the food scene offers a wide range of mouth-watering local dishes.

Vök Baths

Soak yourself in the serene surroundings of the unique Icelandic landscape

Relaxing in a geothermal spa is part of Icelandic culture, and Vök Baths are one of the most beautiful pools in the country. Hot springs bubble up by Lake Urriðavatn’s shores, which melt holes in the frozen ice each winter. The springs now heat a series of floating pools set in the lake’s waters, enjoying fabulous views of the rest of the lake. The spring water is so pure that you can even drink it if you want! So treat yourself to a memorable experience just a few kilometers away from Egilsstaðir. If you wish to visit this place, make sure to pre-book tickets with us in advance! 

Lagarfljót

Take a walk around one of Iceland’s longest lakes, and look out for a monster!

Egilsstaðir sits on the shores of Lagarfljót, one of Iceland’s deepest and longest lakes, stretching for more than 25 kilometers. Its glacial waters are said to conceal a poison-spitting Loch Ness-type monster called the Lagarfljótsormurinn, which was first reported in 1345! However, it’s been a long time since anyone saw it, so there’s no need to worry! Instead, enjoy the peaceful shoreline walks and look for the “Lonely House”, sitting elegantly on a peninsula close to town.  

Hike to Selskógur

Stretch your legs with a scenic hike to Selskógur

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Get some exercise on this fun hike through the forests above the town, walking marked trails with a selection of routes for all abilities. The longest track is a three-kilometer loop, and there are some inclines, but there are shorter routes as well. Follow the beautiful Eyvindará river through the woods and enjoy a picnic in one of Iceland’s prettiest forests. There aren’t many left after the Vikings chopped most of the trees down a thousand years ago, so make the most of the opportunity!

Swimming pool

Enjoy a dip with the locals at Egilsstaðir’s swimming pool

Egilsstaðir’s swimming pool is the best place to mix with the locals, so why not take the plunge at Sundlaug og íþróttahús, the Sports Center, while you’re there? There’s a 25-meter outdoor pool, two hot tubs and a cold pool too. In addition, there’s a children’s pool, a water slide, and a fully-equipped gym in the sports hall, so there’s something for all the family. The entrance fee is around 1000 ISK per adult.

Dining options by Miðvangur Street

Enjoy Egilsstaðir’s excellent eating options

As the largest town in East Iceland, Egilsstaðir enjoys a wide range of splendid restaurants, including Nielsen. Located in the oldest house in town, you’ll enjoy fresh fish dishes with organic vegetables, amongst other choices. In addition, you can try the burgers, steaks and pizzas on offer at Salt Café & Bistro or the elegant restaurant at Icelandair Hotel Hérað. Finally, for a touch of Americana, you can visit The Cabin Diner, which recreates a 50s-style diner right here in East Iceland!

Tours and Packages including stay in Egilsstaðir

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Travel around the country on the 4-day guided Ring Road tour. See all the must-see places spread across the island

kr.129.900,00

Duration
4 days
May-Oct
WED

Discover all of Iceland’s most magnificent sights on this breathtaking 5-day guided Ring Road tour, taking you to all the must-see places!

kr.149.900,00

Duration
5 days
May-Oct
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Travel around Iceland to discover many natural wonders spread across the country. This tour offers an option to customize the itinerary

From: kr.149.900,00

Duration
5 days
May-Oct
WED

Go on a journey around Iceland to discover the true variety of Icelandic nature. Customize the last day of your travel

From: kr.199.000,00

Duration
6 days
May-Oct
WED

Join this classic tour around Iceland and see towering waterfalls, eye-catching volcanoes, glaciers, black sand beaches, and much more!

kr.239.900,00

Duration
7 days
May-Oct
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Join this 7-day guided tour that takes you around Iceland via Route 1, called the Ring Road, to all the best-known wonders and some hidden pearls

kr.239.900,00

Duration
7 days
May-Oct
WED

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