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Best of East Iceland June 27 - July 4

By Staff

  • From Egilsstaðir town. Yes, it's quite common in the smaller towns of Iceland to have livestock gracing within their limits. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the East Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Favourite restaurants in the town of Egilsstaðir
“We are lucky in Egilsstaðir to have a number of good restaurants. Café Nilsen is cosy and surrounded by trees, Egilsstaðir Guesthouse and Icelandair Hotel both have very good restaurants. But my favourite restaurant right now is Salt café and bistro. My son told me the other day when we were having lunch there that it was the best restaurant in East Iceland, so I have to go with that.”
Please describe the perfect Sunday drive from the town.
“Egilsstaðir is centrally located so we are spoiled for choice; one of my favourite Sunday drives is a trip to Borgarfjördur Eystri (71 km) to look at the puffins and have the fish soup at Álfakaffi.
“Another is a drive down to my hometown of Stöðvarfjörður (73 km) to visit Petra’s Stone Museum. I recommend you grab yourself a cup of coffee and wander through the garden to look at all the different rocks and plants.”

Recommended by Ívar Ingimarsson, the owner of Birta and Olga Guesthouse, and a former professional soccer player who played for eight years with English Championship team Reading. He now lives in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, with his wife their two children and a family cat.

How about that? Formula off-road is some crazy competition. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Formula Off-Road rides into town at Egilsstaðir
Formula Off-Road is a form of off-road racing 4x4 motorsport (see video), created in Iceland, by Icelanders. There is an official national championship with several races scheduled during the summer months. The monster off-roaders come to the town of Egilstaðir in East Iceland on June 28th.


Four interesting places people should not miss when visiting Berufjörður fjord and Djúpivogur cove
The Eggs in Gleðivík gorge is a magnificent piece of art made by Sigurður Guðmundsson, one of Iceland’s most respected artists. The piece consists of thirty-four bird eggs, one from each type of bird that nests in the area.
2. “Teigarhorn farm, located around four kilometres west of Djúpivogur, became world-famous for the crystallized zeolite (minerals that form when volcanic rocks and ash layers react with alkaline groundwater) found on its land. It’s probably the most renowned zeolite spot in the world.
3. “Búlandstindur is a beautiful mountain located in Berufjörður fjord. It’s easily recognisable by its triangular shape. Some believe the mountain has supernatural powers, others simply enjoy the strenuous hike to its peak.
4. “Gautavík is a farm located on the northern side of Berufjörður bay. It’s a former trading post and harbour, and the old house ruins are now preserved.”

Recommended by Berglind Häsler, a true jack-of-all-trades. She’s a journalist, vegan hot-dog manufacturer, the keyboard player of the popular band Prins Póló, and a sheep farmer. She recently moved with her husband and three children to the farm Karlsstaðir in Berufjörður, East Iceland.

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