A young town with an ancient monster
Egilsstaðir, located in the heart of east Iceland in the valley of Fljótsdalshérað, is a home to 3500 inhabitants. The first house in Egilsstaðir was built in 1944, and since then the town has grown steadily.
In years gone by, Egilsstaðir was the site of an ancient assembly and a place where Iceland’s criminals were executed.
Lagarfljót is a lake in the East by the town of Egilsstaðir. It is bordering this lake that Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaður, is situated. The lake is long and narrow, measuring 25 km in length but just 2.5 km at its widest point, and is a beautiful area to circumnavigate by car or to explore by boat. A tour boat called Lagarfljótsormurinn, sails daily in the summer months.
Lagarfljótsormurinn (the Lagarfljót Worm) is also the name of the ancient sea worm that is believed to call the lake home.View East Iceland