Project Description

EGILSSTAÐIR

Egilsstaðir is a town in East Iceland, located on the banks of the Lagarfljót river. It is part of the municipality of Fljótdalshérað, the largest settlement of the Eastern Region with a population of 2257 inhabitants. Egilsstaðir is a very young town as it was established on 1947 but has grown to become the largest town in East Iceland and its main service, transportation, and administration centre.

Egilsstaðir has a vibrant society affected by the inviting surroundings and comfortable climate while the cordiality of locals provides a warm welcome to all visitors. Despite being a small town, there is a wide range of cultural activities in music, art and drama along with diverse undertakings by clubs and organisations. Numerous cultural festivals are held annually in the surroundings of Egilsstaðir that attract artists from all over Iceland to participate.

The area surrounding Egilsstaðir is known for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. Locals often boast about having the best weather in Iceland. The natural environment is characterised by woods, whose appearance in the environment is special for Iceland and different from the usual raw barren landscape. Waterfall, lakes and rivers make the area favourable for outdoor activities. Walking routes through forests and hiking trails into nearby mountain ranges are excellent ways to explore the beautiful surroundings of Egilsstaðir. It also offers outstanding opportunities for bird-watching and the unique chance to see the Icelandic reindeer. Berry and mushrooms grow plentifully, lakes and rivers are great for angling and the area offer excellent grounds for hunting.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS: 65.2623546,-14.4148426

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WHAT TO DO IN EGILSSTAÐIR?

egilsstadir-safnahusThe 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, from the past to present day.

The museum has two permanent exhibitions, one about the raindeers in East Iceland and another that is about the old rural household in the regions. The East Iceland Heritage Museum also displays other temporary exhibitions through the year.

Reindeers in East Iceland

The East is the only part of Iceland where you can find wild raindeers. The contribute to the unique nature and are strongly connected to the region’s history and culture. The exhibition emphasises on the animal’s nature, characteristics and survival as well as reindeer hunting and how reindeer products have contributed to a creative development of design and handcraft in the region.

The old rural household as a self-sufficient entity.

This exhibition displays items of the old rural community in East Iceland as it was until the mid 20th century. Most items relate to their practical roles of everyday life, such as farm work, clothing and the making and persevering of food. Other objects show that life was not only about the basic survival but also about making beautiful things for decoration and leisure.

Tegilsstadir-slaughterhousehe Slaughterhouse Culture Centre is the heart of culture and arts in Egilsstaðir. It has a varied event calendar and offers a range of cultural event all year round, such as concerts, cinema, plays and art exhibitions. It also houses artists studios where guests are welcome to explore their work. The Slaughterhouse offers their visitors Internet connection and coffee for sale.
egilsstadir-swimming-poolLike every town in Iceland, Egilsstaðir has a lovely local outdoor swimming pool. The pool itself is 25 meters long and 12,5 meters wide and has a waterslide for the kids. Two hot pots with different heats and water massage. You will also find a shallow children’s splash pool. Nothing really beats enjoying a warm summer day by the pool or warming yourself in hot tubs during the winter.

DINING IN EGILSTAÐIR