Trade and service
The area has always been famous for its natural beauty and mild weather and the community consists of creative people who do various designs and the production industry merges nicely with the economy. Exercise and outdoor activities are a big part of the local lifestyle and services bring a number of tourists every year. The service level is good as is the variety of shops, restaurants and service facilities. A number of different accommodations are available as well as tourism companies and much more.
Locally sourced food is a defining feature of the food culture in Egilsstaðir and its surrounding area. Produce is available straight from the farm and beer is brewed locally. There’s a notable variety in the restaurant scene in the area with a great number of new restaurants opening up in recent years. Various cultural activities are also available in the area, e.g. the East Iceland Heritage Museum and the Sláturhúsið Center for Performing Arts which is run by the Center for Art and Culture in Fljótsdalshérað.
The Health Directorate of East Iceland operates a hospital in Egilsstaðir, with a nursing home and assisted living facilities.