The municipality of Fljótsdalshérað was created on 1 November 2004,with about 3,500 residents, most of them living in the towns of Egilsstaðir and Fellabær.
This town area supports a strong rural community, including prosperous agricultural expanses and smaller service centres at Hallormsstaður, Eiðar and Brúarás.
The massive land area of Fljótsdalshérað stretches from Biskupsháls in the west and Héraðsflói bay in the north to the mountain ranges surrounding the central eastern fjords in the east and to Vatnajökull and Öxi in the south.
Fljótsdalshérað offers numerous options for residence, as well as an assorted range of social services and an environment suitable for families.
Sports facilities are first-class, and the selection comprises four gymnasiums, three swimming pools, a magnificent sports field, a pretty golf course, a skiing area, and conveniences for horsemen.
Throughout the year, numerous travellers are drawn to Fljótsdalshérað and its excellent amenities for the tourist, who can enjoy splendid restaurants and hotels, tour museums, and observe various cultural and natural features, while overnighting at a vacation cottage, farm accommodation, or well-equipped campground.
It is practical to overnight in Fljótsdalshérað, undertaking excursions during the day to other parts of East Iceland, as most towns in East Iceland lie within an hour's drive, and regular passenger and freight transport is scheduled year-round toward both the north and south of Iceland.
The international airport at Egilsstaðir serves flights of only about an hour to Reykjavík and less than three hours to the European mainland.
Famous for its natural beauty and pleasant climate, Fljótsdalshérað is particularly characterised by woods, whose appearance in the environment is special for Iceland.
The local society, waterfalls, lakes and rivers contribute to the many scenic attractions favourable for outdoor recreation.
There are many enjoyable walking routes through forests and open areas, and trips into nearby mountain ranges are popular regardless of the time of year.
Not only is the fauna varied, but there are outstanding opportunities for bird-watching, besides the unique chance to view reindeer in Iceland.
Lagarfljót lake is inhabited by Iceland's most renowned water monster, Lagarfljótsormur.
Berries and mushrooms grow plentifully, while anglers seek out the lakes and rivers, and sportsmen also encounter one of Iceland's most exciting areas for hunting.