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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. Service can be slow but the food is good: try the gourmet-topped flatbread pizza made with local bar…
American in Egilsstaðir

Skálinn Diner

A little slice of Americana in the East, this gas-station restaurant had a fun makeover in 2018 and now has a retro 1950s feel, complete with leather booths, jukebox, milkshakes, pancake breakfasts, and southern fri…
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, great crepes and soups, and top-not…
Cafe in Egilsstaðir


For a taste of local produce stop by ‘Cowshed Corner’, beside Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir, where you can buy beef and dairy products (such as skyr, a yoghurt-like dessert, and feta) direct from the farm. Bag…
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, pasta and barbecue ribs; the kitchen closes a…
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 hunting and torch-lit processions.
Museum in Egilsstaðir

Minjasafn Austurlands

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

JEA Jazz Festival

In early November, Iceland's oldest jazz fest takes place in Egilsstaðir. It's a small affair held at the events hall in Hótel Valaskjálf.