Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland

  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland
  • Árbær district in Reykjavík Iceland

The name of this district comes from an old farm meaning “the farm by the river.” It was the first land and building development in Reykjavík that was east of the river Elliðaá.  The decision to develop this area was a kind of a milestone since it gave people the impression that Reykjavík was growing rapidly. The project started in the sixties and spread over a rather large area.  It was a real project for the future.

Árbær district in Reykjavík is divided into four neighbourhoods

From the start the district was divided into four neighborhoods; Árbær, Ártúnsholt, Selás, and Norðlingaholt. The first neighbourhood, Árbær, was built in the sixties. Ártúnsholt, which has a large commercial area in addition to single family houses and apartment buildings, was built mainly in the eighties. The same time applies to Selás. The neighbourhood Norðingarholt, on the other hand, is a recent development and still under development. 

Museum of old houses and history

In Árbær, there is an interesting museum featuring the old farmhouse, partially made from turf or sod, and old timber houses mainly from Reykjavik.  Some of the old houses are also from other places. There are for example two 18th century houses from the village Vopnafjörður in the Eastern Region and a former turf church from Silfrastaðir in the Northern Region. The church is a favorite place for weddings as one could spot if visiting during the weekend. There is a regular exhibition in many of the houses, depicting life in old Reykjavik and sometimes special exhibitions in some of the houses. There is a museum shop at the entrance, and there is a restaurant serving specialties of old Iceland, pancakes with jam and cream and the Icelandic Kleinur. Sometimes there are folk dances, classic car shows, and special shows at the museum.

One of the oldest hydroelectric power plant

Close to the museum there is the Elliðaár hydropower plant, the oldest operating in Iceland, built in 1921 and beautifully designed with marble meter boards and brass turbines. It is sometimes open to the public but can be arranged by phone to The Reykjavik Power Company. The power plant was built to utilize the Elliðaár salmon river but is only run in the winter months now in order not to disturb the salmon fished there. Along the river is a park with walking paths. Angling, is only for members of Reykjavik angling club, for a low license fee. The angling season is 90 days, starting in June and two six-hour shifts a day with two to three hours rest in the middle of the day. One of the most attractive swimming pools of Reykjavik is in Árbæjarhverfi.

A district with good service and nice neighborhoods

Like all other districts in Reykjavík, the neighbourhoods have their schools, preschool, and other services to fulfill the quality of city life demanded by the residents.  

Reykjavík Iceland map of Árbær district

If you are going to visit the Reykjavik the capital of Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Reykjavík and Reykjavík districts.

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Landmannalaugar

Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík.  Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains,  visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.   

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.