Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region


“Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region” is the name chosen for 28 carefully selected walking trails and treasured destinations in the municipalities of Fljótsdalshérað and
Fljótsdalshreppur. The premises of the area covers about 10% of Iceland. The
destinations are waterfalls, lakes, creeks, canyons, small caves and inlets by the 
sea side. Yet, most of the trails include mountain tracks and peaks with a great view.
The Local Touring Club in Fljótsdalshérað has contributed most of the effort and
information to this selection of hiking trails.

Hiking lottery

At each destination a tubular container or cylinder holds information on the site, a
visitors’ log to sign and a unique stamp made for each location. Hikers can buy
specially made cards to bring along on their hike and are for stamping at each
destination. Those can be bought in numerous places such as at the Information
Centre in Egilsstaðir, at the office of Local Touring Club in Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstadir
or at Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center by the camping area. That is how hikers can
document their arrival to the sites, enter a lottery and possibly win rewards. However,
one must have stamps from 9 destinations to enter. Hikers can hand in or send their
stamped cards to the office of the Local Touring Club or to Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center.
The draw is in September each year.

Hiking Trails

The hiking trails offer a great variety in landscape and length. Some take only an hour
to hike while other walks take a whole day. Most of them are a fairly easy walks or
medium level while in some instances one needs selected equipment for the more
difficult walks – especially in the winter. By all destination is a description of each trail
and an estimated of length and level of difficulty in normal circumstances.The time
estimate includes the walk towards each destination and return to starting point. The
GPS co-ordinates refer to the location of the cylinder at each destination unless
otherwise mentioned.

All visitors of the Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region are asked to respect its delicate
and precious nature when travelling in the area. According to our legislation on the
reservation of nature, all people can travel across and dwell on land untouched by farming
or private residence without special permit. Do keep in mind the landowners’ wishes,
walk along marked trails and respect farmers right regarding domestic animals and land
for harvesting. Do remember to close gates and be careful with fences. Do leave
information about your planned hike, about your plan B, should problems arise, and about
 your approximate time of return. Try to get in touch if a change of plan occurs- We leave
each destination as we would like to find them.

- We do not leave or bury trash – bring it with you to town.
- We do not put trash in the cylinders or stamp in the visitors logs.
- We do not light fires on undergrowth.
- We do not tear up rocks or stones, do not build rock piles.
- We do not disturb vegetation.
- We do not disturb wildlife.
- We do not spoil the ground.
- We do not disturb the stillness in the wild.
- We do not drive off-road.
- We do follow marked trails. 

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