Egilsstaðir’s Hiking Treasures represent 30 most stunning locations in the area. They are also known as “The Pearls of Egilsstaðir Area”. The Local Touring Club in Fljótsdalshérað has contributed most of the effort in marking the trails and publishing of the maps guiding hikers to all of the Pearls.
Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region
“Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region” is the name chosen for 30 carefully selected walking trails and treasured destinations in the municipalities of Egilsstaðir and surroundings. 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.
At each destination a 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 can be stamped at each destination.
The cards are sold at the Information Centre in Egilsstaðir, at the office of Local Touring Club in Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstadir or at EgilsstaðastofaVisitor Center by the camping site.
That is how hikers can document their arrival to the sites, enter a lottery and possibly win rewards. To enter the lottery, one must have stamps from 9 of the destinations. Stamped cards can be handed in at the offices where they are sold. The draw is in September each year.
The hiking trails offer a great variety in landscape and length although most of them are fairly easy or medium level making them ideal for the whole family. 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 Icelandic legislation on the reservation of nature, all people can walk 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.
Fljótsdalshérað Touring Club
The Touring Club of Fljótsdalshérað is a member of The Icelandic Touring Association. Every year the club organizes and offers a variety of tours and trips for its members. Scheduled information on the touring program can be found here on our website and in addition on The Icelandic Touring Association´s website.
The Touring Club of Fljótsdalshérað runs and operates seven huts and lodges with sleeping accomodations, some located in the mountains and others in secluded places in the inlets and fjords south of Borgarfjörður eystri – reaching as far as Seyðisförður. The latest lodge is in Loðmundar-fjörður and is run, as the ones in Breiðavík and Húsavík, in close co-operation with the Touring Group in Borgarfjörður Eystri.
Tel: +354 863 5813