East Iceland in detail

Getting Around


Local buses run from Egilsstaðir to villages around the fjords (as far south as Höfn), under the SVAust umbrella. Note that these buses don't carry bikes (except for the service linking Egilsstaðir with Seyðisfjörður).

As well as handy direct services to Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður, SVAust runs year-round buses geared to service the needs of Alcoa commuters. Buses 1 and 2 run every day (fewer services on weekends); route 4 is not a daily service.

Bus 1 Egilsstaðir–Reyðarfjörður–Eskifjörður–Neskaupstaður (Nordfjörður)

Bus 2 Reyðarfjörður–Fáskrúðsfjörður–Stöðvarfjörður–Breiðdalsvík

Bus 3 Egilsstaðir-Seyðisfjörður

Bus 4 Breiðdalsvík–Djúpivogur–Höfn

Bus 5 Egilsstaðir-Borgarfjörður Eystri

Check online for schedule and fare details (ticket price depends on distance travelled, eg 720kr for a journey of 16km to 30km), or ask at tourist information centres in the area.


The Ring Road (Rte 1) steams through Egilsstaðir, and was re-routed in 2017 to travel south through the southern fjords of Reyðarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður.

Other exploratory road options from Egilsstaðir:

Rte 93 East to Seyðisfjörður.

Rte 94 North to Borgarfjörður Eystri.

Rte 95 South then Rte 931 to access Lagarfljót and its attractions.

Car Hire

If you fly into the east, or arrive by ferry from Europe without wheels, the big-name car-hire places (Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar) have agents in Egilsstaðir.