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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Egilssta­ir

Egilssta­ir

Egilssta­ir, me­ um ■a­ bil 1.500 Ýb˙a (2000), er mi­st÷­ samgangna ß Austfj÷r­um. Hringvegurinn liggur Ý gegnum bŠinn og ■a­an er nßnast jafn langt til ReykjavÝkur, hvort sem er nor­ur e­a su­ur um land.

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Egilssta­ir og Lagarfljˇti­ (Egilssta­ir and Lagarfljˇt).

Egilssta­ir eru ß FljˇtsdalshÚra­i, austan Lagarfljˇts. Margar frßsagnir eru af kynjaskepnum Ý Lagarfljˇti. Ein ■eirra segir frß Lagarfljˇtsorminum sem sag­ur er halda til Ý fljˇtinu og gera vart vi­ sig st÷ku sinnum. Hans er fyrst geti­ Ý annßlum 1345. Ůegar hann skaut upp kryppum ˙r fljˇtinu var ■a­ tali­ bo­a stˇrtÝ­indi. N˙ hefur gas fundist ß tveimur st÷­um, sem streymir upp ˙r vatninu, og ■ykir ■ar komin skřringin ß Lagarfljˇtsorminum.

Vi­ sunnanvert Lagarfljˇt er Hallormssta­arskˇgur, stŠrsti skˇgur ß ═slandi. SkˇgrŠktarst÷­ var stofnu­ ■ar 1903 og ■ar eru n˙ framleiddar trjßpl÷ntur og ger­ar tilraunir me­ erlendar tegundir.

Egilssta­ir

With approximately 1,500 residents (2000), Egilssta­ir is the administrative and transportation centre of the eastern part of Iceland. The ring road around Iceland passes through the town, and the distance from Egilssta­ir to ReykjavÝk via the southern or the northern stretch of highway one is practically the same.

Egilssta­ir is located in the Fljˇtsdalur district, on the eastern end of Lagarfljˇt. There are many stories about "kynjaskepnur", that is, strange animals or unknown phenomena, in Lagarfljˇt. One of these stories concerns the Lagarfljˇt Worm, or "Lagarfljˇtsormur", that is thought to live in the river and show itself only very rarely. The legend of the worm is first mentioned in the Icelandic Annals of 1345. When his hump surfaced out of the river, it was thought to bode great news. More recently, gasses that are forced up out of the water have been discovered in two places and it is thought that this may offer an explanation of the Lagarfljˇt Worm.

At the southern end of Lagarfljˇt lies Hallormssta­arskˇgur, the largest forest in Iceland. A forestry station was established there in 1903, where trees are cultivated and experiments with foreign varieties of trees are carried out.

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