Breiðholt is a district in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.

The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik. While the district was in development, it was divided into three neighbourhoods; Lower Breiðholt, Upper Breiðholt, and Seljahverfi. The district Breiðholt was originally a building development project developed under an agreement between the government and the labor movement to eliminate inadequate and hazardous housing. Up until that time, a lot of Reykjavik's poorer residents lived in old WW2 barracks and other temporary buildings from the war.  Buildings in all the new neighbourhoods popped up at a new and unrecognized speed in the seventies, and the eighties and Breiðholt soon grew to become the largest district in the Reykjavik municipal.

Breiðholt as a project was an effort to eliminate poor housing in other districts

Because the development was partly a social project, there were more social problems associated with the name Breiðholt at that time then Icelanders had known before. Partly because the city of Reykjavík built and owned many apartments in Breiðholt. Today this has changed, and Breiðholt is a nice neighbourhood with good quality service. The district quickly became the most populated in Reykjavík with more that twenty thousand residents. At its peak, more than twenty-five thousand people lived in Breiðholt. There are several schools, both primary and secondary schools, in the district.  Schooling has always been a priority in Iceland since Icelanders have always valued education.

A nice place to stay although not in a walking distance to City Center in Reykjavík

Breiðholt has a delightful swimming pool, a large indoor Gym used for both handball and basketball and an outdoor soccer field. Between Árbær and Breiðholt is the extraordinary salmon river Elliðaá and the beautiful valley Elliðarárdalur. Along the river is a pathway, highly popular among all residents of Reykjavík, and a public park. The district has good transportation and good access to a system of public transportation.  The district also has a large commercial area Mjóddin with many stores and services.

Reykjavík Iceland map of Breiðholt 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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