The 10 Best Things to Do in Egilsstadir, Iceland

November 23, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Discover the best top things to do in Egilsstadir, Iceland including Skriduklaustur, Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center, Lagarfljot, Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve, Egilsstadir Swimming Pool, Fardagafoss, East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), Laugarfell, Atlavik, Egilsstadastofa Visitor Center.
Restaurants in Egilsstadir

1. Skriduklaustur

Fljotsdalur, Egilsstadir 701, Iceland +354 471 2990
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Skriduklaustur

Centre of culture and history with monastic ruins, historical Exhibitions, art gallery, gift shop and a local food restaurant. Opening hours June-August 10:00-18:00 and May&September 11:00-17:00. April & half October 12:00-16:00.

Reviewed By Ali921 - Edinburgh, Scotland

The place is popular for its brunch and cafe buffet. Which is very impressive and certainly will mean that you won't need to eat any supper afterwards. The house itself has a lot of information about Gunnar Gunnarsson albeit he is not as popular as he used to be as an author. They always have a changing exhibit which during our visit was about Trolls. Again the location is a little out of the way but if you are in the vicinity it is definitely worth a visit.

2. Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center

Skriduklaustur, Egilsstadir 701, Iceland +354 470 0840
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center

Visitor and Information Center for the eastern territory of Vatnajokull National Park. Exhibition about nature and life in the highlands, multimedia and educational activites for children. Souvenir shop on site.

Reviewed By Anette12345 - Orkelljunga, Sweden

This was an interesting and educational visit. The guide must have been used to groups of children though, because she talked to us like we were around 6 years old. There is also a shop with beautiful things.

3. Lagarfljot

Uppheradsvegur, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland
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4 based on 29 reviews

Lagarfljot

Reviewed By tess113 - Virginia

Friends and I drove around the lake on our summer road trip. It was beautiful! Because the lake is so large, there is a variety of landscapes. At points there are nice rocky Beaches and at others you can see Iceland's iconic black sand. Well worth a visit if you are in the area!

4. Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve

Egilsstadir 701, Iceland +354 470 0755
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4 based on 33 reviews

Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve

Reviewed By NorthernWanderlust - Ottawa

We found the Forestry Reserve to be a peaceful little part of Iceland, far removed from many of the sites more overrun with tourists. While it's certainly similar to many of the forest and lakes you'll find in eastern Canada or the north-eastern United States, it also boasts a wide tree species.
Among the trees, many of which are not native to Iceland or Europe, there's walking paths along the creek, with Bridges, that take you either to a lookout point and nearby campsite or to the lake. It take maybe 30-45 minutes to take in the reserve; it's not that big. It is, however, quite calm, quiet, and serene. It's also easy to find and a welcome reprieve from other, busier sites.
Iceland does plant the most trees per year, why not appreciate that a little up close?

5. Egilsstadir Swimming Pool

Tjarnarbraut 26, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland +354 470 0777
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Egilsstadir Swimming Pool

Reviewed By Hartfamily2015 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

We spent a lovely afternoon here on the last day of our holiday
We were able to hire towels, staff helpful, lockers available.
Warm good size outdoor pool with allocated lanes and a family area. Two hot tubs, a slide and a sauna.
Worth a visit but please note once you have opened your locker you lose your token and can not lock your locker again.

6. Fardagafoss

Egilsstadir 700, Iceland
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Fardagafoss

Reviewed By Margrét Á - Egilsstadir, Iceland

Fardagafoss is a waterfall located just outside of Egilsstaðir on the route towards Seyðisfjörður town. It winds its way up the mountainside of Fjarðarheiði heath. The ascent from the parking area (located only 6 km from Egilsstaðir) to the waterfall takes about half an hour and on the way you will see another waterfall in a beautiful gorge and great views over the surrounding area. There used to be a cave behind the waterfall and legend said that if you entered the cave and made a wish it would come true. Now that the cave has collapsed it is well worth the try to just make a wish by the waterfall.

7. East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands)

Laufskogar 1, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland +354 471 1412
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands)

The East Iceland Heritage Museum was founded in 1943 and since then its aims has been to preserve the history of East Iceland by collecting and preserving things that reflect the society, culture and everyday life of people in the area. The museum has two permanent Exhibitions, one about the reindeer in East Iceland and one about the old rural household in the region. The focus of the reindeer exhibition is on the nature, characteristics and survival of the reindeer's as well as hunting and how reindeer products have contributed to a creative development of fashion design and handcraft. In the other exhibition, items that belong to the history of the old rural community in east Iceland as it was until the mid-20th century are on display. Most of the items relate to their practical role in everyday life while other objects bear witness to that life was not only about basic survival but also about making beautiful things for decoration and pleasure. The museum also has diverse temporary Exhibitions through the year.

Reviewed By ArchaeoEngland - england

The museum holds mostly household items, many beautifully crafted in old Icelandic style.
A salvaged homestead interior has been built inside the museum, with beds, furniture etc .
The director, the young and talented Rannveig Thorhallsdottir, speaks good english and gives a fascinating account of life in the old times.
The museum has also rebuilt a viking style church a few miles away, near the original church site.
An extra bonus is that the old OPEL garage up the hill from the museum , is now a warehouse for old automotive and army vehicles and 4x4 army lorrys converted to winter campers,along with all sorts of good "junk".
There is a good cafe on the way up the hill too.
A good base for NE Iceland
Thouroughly recommended small museum.

8. Laugarfell

Laugarfellsskali | Laugarfellsskáli, Egilsstadir 701, Iceland +354 773 3323
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5 based on 5 reviews

Laugarfell

Reviewed By Margrét Á - Egilsstadir, Iceland

Laugarfell is located in the eastern part of the Icelandic Highlands, a bit north from Mount Snæfell. There are only two km from the road that leads to Kárahnjúkar to the hostel and it is the only part of road that is not paved. In the summer there is good access to Laugarfell in all kinds of vehicles.
Two natural pools are located in Laugarfell and according to old folk tales the water is known for its healing powers.
There are many interesting tracking paths around Laugarfell and a number of beautiful Waterfalls. Additionally, one can expect to see reindeer wandering around the area of Laugarfell.
On a sunny day in June I went there with a group of friends to enjoy the sun in the nature pools. Great thing to do after a walk in the area. I will defiantly go back to do the hikes around before relaxing in the pools :)

9. Atlavik

Hallormsstao, Egilsstadir 701, Iceland
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Atlavik

Reviewed By Margrét Á - Egilsstadir, Iceland

Atlavík is a great place for camping, there is no power there so it‘s a real old fashion camping. There are walking paths around the area there and also a path over to Hallormsstaðaskógur.
It‘s a great place for a picnic and to dive in the Lagarfljót on a warm summer day.
It‘s a camping site and also a great place to stop and have a picnic or just take a walk. The cliffs there are beautiful and the view of them over the Largarfljót and Atlavík is amazing.

10. Egilsstadastofa Visitor Center

Kaupvangi 17, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland +354 470 0750
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4 based on 12 reviews

Egilsstadastofa Visitor Center

Reviewed By Margrét Á - Egilsstadir, Iceland

Located by the camping site, have public bathrooms and great service all year around.
You can find all your activities there and the girls at the front desk have all the information about the weather, road conditions and anything you want to know. Really helpful staff!

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