Day 36: Monday 07 August 2017
Weather at start of day was cool, with blue skies, turning sunny later, with scattered occasional heavy showers in the afternoon / evening.
Beautiful weather conditions all morning, allowing some spectacular views along the way.
Here we caught up with our German friends again, with their blue truck.
Fantastic views over the Jökulsá á Dal river valley plain.
Egilsstaðir is a town in east Iceland on the banks of the Lagarfljót river.
It is part of the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, the county seat of Norður-Múlasýsla and the largest settlement of the Eastern Region.
The town is young, even by Icelandic standards where urbanization is a fairly recent trend compared to mainland Europe.
It was established in 1947 as an effort by the surrounding rural districts recognizing it had become a regional service centre.
The town, which is named after Egilsstaðir farm, is near the bridge over Lagarfljót, where all the main roads of the region meet, Route 1 as well as the main routes to the Eastern Region.
Egilsstaðir has grown to become the largest town of East Iceland and its main service, transportation, and administration centre.
The town has an airport, college, and a hospital.
The town grew quickly during the economic boom in the region from 2004 to 2008 associated with the building of the Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant and Alcoa’s aluminium smelting plant in Reyðarfjörður.
Visit Egilsstaðir Website
In written accounts, Egilsstaðir is first mentioned in the 15th century as a place for legislative assembly.
The nearby river Eyvindará is mentioned in the Saga of the Sons of Droplaug and Saga of the inhabitants of Fljótsdalur.
Today is a National Holiday in Iceland, so not all the shops were open, but most essential shops and cafe / restaurants were open for regular business.
Eat lunch at SALT Cafe & Bistro, which seems to be a tradition now – the place we always eat our last meal together during our Iceland trips.
Also caught up with photo downloading & website / blog article generation, ready for later publication.
Stayed overnight at Egilsstaðir Camping site.
Used the campsite facilities, to further catch-up with internet tasks, including website / blog generation and publication, whilst the weather continued to rain.
After setting up camp, we went into town to eat evening dinner and later relaxed in the tent.
Anja took a trip around Reykjavik, to take a few last minute interesting photos.
She flies home to Norway tomorrow morning.
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