The municipality Fljótsdalshérað was created in 2004 when the municipalities in the area merged. The urban districts are Egilsstaðir and Fellabær, and in the rural area there are smaller communities at Hallormsstaður, Eiðar and Brúarás. The municipality is broad and is now the most extensive in Iceland. On Januar 1st 2016 the residents were 3.444. A majority of the residents of Fljótsdalshérað is occupied with service and public service. In the area surrounding, farming is important.
Fljótsdalshérað extends from the lakes Héraðsvötn in the north to Vatnajökull glacier in the south and covers about 8% of Iceland. Residents in the whole municipality are around 3.500. Egilsstaðir and Fellabær are the biggest communities in Fljótsdalshérað. The river Lagarfljót is a key characteristic of the area and it runs through all Fljótsdalshérað from glacier to the sea.
In the river lives the infamous Lagarfljót Worm.
The municipal building is situated in Egilsstaðir. There you can access information about local government and the various services provided by the municipality.
Street address: Lyngás 12, 700 Egilsstaðir
Phone: +354 4 700 700 Fax: +354 4 700 701
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 15:45
Regular phone hours of selected town officers are weekdays between 10:00-12:00 but appointments can also be made during regular opening hours, or they can be asked to call you back when they have the opportunity. Services of the municipality cover a wide range, including building permits, waste management, social services, preschools and compulsory education, various social services and many other.
Vibrant society in a pleasant environment Egilsstaðir is a town in east Iceland on the banks of Lagarfljót river. The vicinity that Egilsstaðir is located in is called Fljótsdalshérað and it is home to a progressive, energetic society, in keeping with the special environment of the area. Affected by the inviting surroundings and comfortable climate, the cordiality of locals provides a warm welcome for those arriving in the municipality. There is a large range of busy cultural activities, as well as ambitious work in music, art and drama and varied undertakings by clubs and other organisations. Living museums sponsor special exhibits and an assortment of presentations and entertaining programmes. The numerous cultural festivals held annually in Fljótsdalshérað attract many artists from everywhere in Iceland to participate.
Scenic nature – mountains and woods Famous for its natural beauty and pleasant climate, often resembling that on the Continent, Fljótsdalshérað is particularly characterised by woods, whose appearance in the environment is special for Iceland. The local society, waterfalls, lakes and rivers contribute to the many scenic attractions favourable for outdoor recreation. There are many enjoyable walking routes through forests and open areas, and trips into nearby mountain ranges are popular regardless of the time of year. Not only is the fauna varied, but there are outstanding opportunities for bird-watching, besides the unique chance to view reindeer in Iceland. Lagarfljót lake is inhabited by Iceland’s most renowned water monster, Lagarfljótsormur. Berries and mushrooms grow plentifully, while anglers seek out the lakes and rivers, and sportsmen also encounter one of Iceland’s most exciting areas for hunting.
Priority to families There are fine educational possibilities in Fljótsdalshérað, with five preschools, four schools at the compulsory level, three music schools, a home economics school, an upper secondary school, and good facilities for distance studies at university level. Sports facilities are first-class, and the selection comprises four gymnasiums, three swimming pools, a magnificent sports field, a pretty golf course, a skiing area, and conveniences for horsemen. In addition to two youth recreation centres, Fljótsdalshérað has a coffee and culture house for young people. A number of state institutions have branches in the municipality, so that public services are easily accessible for residents.
Quality service at a crossroads Throughout the year, numerous travellers are drawn to Fljótsdalshérað and its excellent amenities for the tourist, who can enjoy splendid restaurants and hotels, tour museums, and observe various cultural and natural features, while overnighting at a vacation cottage, farm accommodation, or well-equipped campground. Egilsstaðir and Fellabær have a great choice of stores with a broad selection of goods, and service companies make an effort to please the visitor. It is practical to overnight in Fljótsdalshérað, undertaking excursions during the day to other parts of East Iceland, because this centre of transport by land is at the intersection of important transportation routes inside the East and onward to other regions of Iceland. Most other towns in East Iceland lie within an hour’s drive, and regular passenger and freight transport is scheduled year-round toward both the north and south of Iceland. The international airport at Egilsstaðir serves flights of only about an hour to Reykjavík and less than three hours to the European mainland.
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