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Top Choice Icelandic in Egilsstaðir


Some of the east's most creative cooking happens at the restaurant inside Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir. The menu is an ode to locally sourced produce (lamb, fish and game), and the speciality is the beef, rai…
International in Egilsstaðir


We understand the appeal of this cool cafe-bistro, which offers one of the most diverse menus in regional Iceland. Unfortunately, Salt can struggle with the large crowds it attracts, and service suffers. The food, h…
Market in Egilsstaðir


For a taste of local produce, stop by the farmers market ‘Cowshed Corner’, beside Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir, where you can buy beef and dairy products (such as skyr, a yoghurt-like dessert, and feta) direc…
International in Egilsstaðir

Café Nielsen

Based in Egilsstaðir’s oldest house, cottagey Café Nielsen offers a wide-ranging, crowd-pleasing menu that roams from lobster soup to (pricey) reindeer by way of nachos and barbecue ribs; the kitchen closes at 10pm.…
Cultural in Egilsstaðir

Dagar Myrkurs

Over five days in early November, throughout East Iceland, the ‘Days of Darkness’ celebrates the failing light and the onset of winter with ghost stories, Northern Lights spotting and torch-lit processions.
Cafe in Egilsstaðir

Bókakaffi Hlöðum

In Fellabær, at the western end of the bridge across the river from Egilsstaðir, is this sweet, low-key cafe with quality coffee, retro furniture, vinyl records, secondhand books and baked treats.
Cultural in Egilsstaðir


The possible existence of the lake monster is a good excuse for this five-day cultural carnival held in mid-August. It's full of family events and live music.
Museum in Egilsstaðir

Minjasafn Austurlands

Egilsstaðir’s cultural museum has sweet displays focusing on the region's history, and includes exhibits detailing the wild reindeer of the east.
Fast Food in Egilsstaðir


For those heading to the fjords, quick eats (pizza, burgers etc) can be found at Skálinn at the Shell petrol station.
Fast Food in Egilsstaðir


Refuel your car and your body at Söluskálinn at the busy N1 service station on the Ring Road.