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.