Egilsstaðir is one of Iceland's youngest towns and unlike most towns it was established in 1947 by the national government. Since then, Egilsstaðir has developed an extensive array of services and become the service and trade centre for most of East Iceland.

The town is a centre of transportation, mainly through Egilsstaðir international Airport. Scheduled buses connect to all the villages, from Breiðdalsvík in the south to Borgarfjörður eystri, as well as to Höfn and Akureyri. Fljótsdalshérað municipality offers free bus rides between its main centres of population. The ferry Norræna, docks at the port of nearby Seyðisfjörður with is only road connection to Egilsstaðir. Ferry days tend to be very lively in the towns markets and excellent restaurants.

The town´s strategic location makes it perfect to plan daytrips to many of the great locations nearby. There are many good hotels and guesthouses, as well as restaurants to be enjoyed. The municipality provides exemplary facilities for sports, operating for example four sports halls and an artificial turf football field. Fljótsdalshérað has two swimming pools, a small one at Hallormsstaður and a great outdoor pool at Egilsstaðir, with a water slide and a children’s splash pool.

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