Although Egilsstaðir barely existed as a village or a town in 1944 when the first private home was built, today it is the largest town in the East Region in Iceland. This is probably typical for the slow and late urbanisation in Iceland. Egillsstaðir is one of a handful of towns and villages in Iceland that is inland, with no connection to the sea or the shoreline. It is a town that is a product of modern times tracing its existence to the location at a crossroad and development in the service sector and tourism. This is what makes Egilsstaðir unique in the towns and villages flora in Iceland.
A new town based on crossroads
After the town became a municipal and started to grow the location was ideal for building various government services for the surrounding agricultural region as well as the towns and villages in the nearby fjords. Communities that had difficult communication due to bad roads and insufficient transportation at that time. Apparently there was a demand to develop a centralised service centre for the region.
Service centre for anyone travelling in Eastern Iceland
Today Egilsstaðir is one of the busiest towns in Iceland during spring, summer and autumn. And as tourism grows in the winter it is becoming more and more important. But although traffic is increasing during winter, it is still less than the active Southern Region in Iceland. The town is placed in a beautiful landscape with excellent access to many interesting places in the East Region. It is also one of the best airports in Iceland apart from Akureyri airport and, of course, Keflavík international airport. The town has a great service cluster with many good stores and services. There is an excellent camping site in Egilsstaðir, health service, a great swimming pool and a variety of accommodation.
Excellent place to live and raise children
Egilsstaðir provides excellent service to its residents. Good preschools, primary and elementary schools as well as a great high school. The municipal takes good care of the elderly and also has a community centre. The town has state of the art sports facilities and good access to a skiing area during winter.
If you are going to visit the Eastern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Egilsstaðir region.