Top things to do

Top Choice Farm in Lagarfljót

Wilderness Center

This brilliant attraction opened in 2016 and defies easy classification. It's a remote farm that offers museum exhibits, unique accommodation, local food, horse-riding and hiking trails, and the opportunity for tail…
Top Choice Waterfall in Lagarfljót

Hengifoss

Crossing the bridge across Lagarfljót on Rte 931, you’ll reach the parking area for lovely Hengifoss, Iceland’s second-highest waterfall. The falls plummet 128m into a photogenic brown-and-red-striped boulder-strewn…
Top Choice Icelandic in Egilsstaðir

Eldhúsið

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…
Top Choice Cafe in Skriðuklaustur

Klausturkaffi

Klausturkaffi, inside Skriðuklaustur, serves an impeccable lunch buffet showcasing local ingredients (seafood soup, reindeer pie, brambleberry skyr cake). Perhaps more tantalising, however, is every sweet-tooth’s dr…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Lagarfljót

Vallanes

Vallanes is an organic farm growing grain (primarily barley), herbs and vegetables and packaging these under the Móðir Jörð (Mother Earth) brand. The farm welcomes visitors; there's a stylishly rustic cafe-farmshop …
Museum in Skriðuklaustur

Skriðuklaustur

Skriðuklaustur is the site of both an excavated, late-15th-century monastery and the photogenic home of an Icelandic author feted by the Third Reich. The unusual black-and-white turf-roofed building was built in 193…
International in Egilsstaðir

Salt

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…
Viewpoint in Eastern Highlands

Kárahnjúkar Dam

A scenic 60km drive from the Rte 910 turn-off takes you to the Kárahnjúkar dam and Hálslón reservoir, where information boards and viewing areas allow you to appreciate this vast feat of engineering, as well as obse…
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…