Egilsstašir town

Egilsstašir town, located at the eastern side of Lake Lagarfljót has an attractive situation in a wide and fertile valley basin of Fljótsdalur, ringed by high mountain ranges. The town of about 2500 people is the largest town of East Iceland and is an important trading centre, a center for administration, a health care center, as well as being a road traffic junction and the hub of a large surrounding farming district. It is also an educational centre for a large area. Tourism has grown rapidly in Egilsstašir and there are several hotels and guesthouses at Egilsstašir as well as various other tourism related services, for example there is a good campsite at Egilsstašir and an outdoor swimming pool.

Nearby attractions

Across Lake Lagarfljót is Fellabęr, a small neighboring town of about 500 people but a bridge across the lake connects the two towns. At Lake Urrišavatn, a short distance from Fellabęr is Vök, an extremely popular bathing spot where natural hot water from the ground has been used to create a very special bathing facility on a lakeshore with beautiful surroundings.


A short distance to the south from Egilsstašir and on the lakeshore of Lake Lagarfljót is the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstašaskógur Forest. Hallormsstašaskógur is a popular resort in summer with many marked hiking trails and a popular campsite located at the beautiful Atlavķk Cove. At Egilsstašir there is an airport and scheduled daily flights are available to and from Reykjavķk. Egilsstair is beautiful town in East Iceland.


There are many places of interest in the vicinity of Egilsstašir. Across the steep Fjaršarheiši Pass is the picturesque town Seyšisfjöršur which is a ferry port for the passenger and car ferry Norröna that sails weekly between Seyšisfjöršur, The Faroe Islands and Denmark all year round.

Stušlagil Canyon

A new addition to many tourist attractions in East Iceland is Stušlagil Canyon with spectacular basalt columns but the canyon is located in the Valley of Jökuldalur, close to Egilsstašir. The canyon has been hidden under water in the glacial river Jökla, but after a hydro electrical power station was built around the year 2009, the water flow in the river reduced and the beautiful Stušlagil Canyon became visible.