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Best of East Iceland July 11-18

By Staff

  • The stunning Hengifoss waterfall The hike up to the waterfall takes 2 to 3 hours (the round trip) and is rated 4 out of 5 in difficulty. At 128 meters (420 ft) Hengifoss is second the highest waterfall in Iceland. It's not far fram Hallormsstaðaskógur forrest, see below. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

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What would you do for a fun night out in the town Egilsstaðir?
“Start the evening off with some drinks at the Icelandair hotel bar and mingle with the locals before you attend one of many events held at the local culture centre, Sláturhúsið. They host some good live concerts and shows.”

What would you recommend for those traveling with children to see/do?
“I would tell them the story about the lake monster that lives in Lagarfljót lake (the story can be found at the information centre in town). Then I’d take them for a drive around the lake and let them use the camera to snap a picture of it. After trying to find the monster, I would head to the local swimming pool and let the children play a bit more while the parents relax in the hot tub.”

Ívar Ingimarsson

What’s the best place for some peace and quiet? 
“Take a walk in Selskógur forest, an outdoor area just at the edge of the town. It only takes ten minutes to walk there. The forest is mainly birch and has 3 kilometre-long trails marked with woodchips that weave through the forests. Part of the trail runs next to Eyvindará, a beautiful peaceful river. If you want to go a bit further from town (15 minutes by car), then visit Hallormsstaðarskógur, Iceland’s largest forest, and experience the magic of it.”

Recommended by Ívar Ingimarsson the owner of Birta and Olga Guesthouse and a former professional football player with English Championship team Reading. He now lives in the town of Egilsstaðir


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