WE CONCLUDE OUR EAST FJORDS TOUR with a stop in Egilsstaðir, the main town and unoffical capital of East Iceland. It’s a typical Icelandic town, with some supermarkets and gasoline stations, but there aren’t really interesting spots for the average traveler. It does make a good base for explorations into the region and a nice stop for those driving along the Ring Road.
Egilsstaðir was established in 1947 as a regional hub due to its location at the intersection of East Iceland’s main roads. It has since then grown to become the largest town in the region, providing a number of services to both locals and tourists.
Nevertheless, there’s not much to see or do in the town itself, and it works best as a base to further explore the sites in the area or as a stop when journeying the Ring Road. It does make for a good afternoon stroll, since it’s small, and the sight of the trees and mountains nearby provide a refresher after a whole day in the van.