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.
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.
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.
Content, including images, ę Stofnun Sigurur Nordals, 2004. Used with permission.
TEI markup ę Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2004. All rights reserved.
Those interested in using these texts for any purpose not covered under Fair Use must seek the permission of Stofnun Sigurur Nordals and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.