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
  • 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.

Whale watching Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

The tour starts at the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik. Merely steps away you will find Eldey Visitor Centre, located on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. And here is where you will meet the crew for the day.  Before (or after) the tour, at your convenience, you can stroll through our souvenir shop, have a drink at the Whale Café or enjoy the onboard whale exhibition located in the hull of the boat. The show includes multimedia images and videos of whales as well as interesting facts about the cetaceans and other marine animals we are likely to see on tour. From that point, you will be shown to the whale watching vessel that will take you on tour.

Whale watching in Reykjavík Iceland
Ice Super Truck adventure for a day

This adventurous one-day super truck tour takes you to the South coast with an added glacier activity. 

The day starts off with a visit to one of Iceland’s most famous and fascinating waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here you can walk behind the falling water and experience something different.  But you need to be careful as the trail is narrow and most of the time a bit slippery.  Extra caution is required during winter, and proper footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for a good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round.

Southern Region in Iceland
Ice cave

Natural wonders, ice cave, icberg lagoon, northern lights

The south coast of Iceland is the home of some stunning natural wonders and spectacular places to visit.  This tour highlights the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón, the Diamond beach, a visit to an actual Ice cave, and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.  As evening approaches on our way back to Reykjavík, we start looking for the Northern light’s and make a stop if we spot a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.

 

South Region in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group

Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.  If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions.  Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.

Reykjavík
2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

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