The capital city neighbors

Around Reykjavík, there are five towns, all considerably large on an Icelandic scale.  All of them are more or less like a suburb or a district in the greater capital city.  They are all an inseparable part of Reykjavík and cooperate with the capital on many municipal levels like transportation, energy and water supplies.  All of them have their separate characteristic and unique history.  Some of them are taking measures to participate in the growing tourist industry and offer services related to that industry, like accommodation and activities.

  • Garðabær is a town in where the President of Iceland resides, at Bessastaðir
    Garðabær is one of the most affluent towns in Iceland and has quite often had the highest income per Family compared to other municipals.  Population in 2016 was 14.717, so it is also one of the larger municipalities in Iceland. Like its neighboring town Kópavogur, it has grown from a small village in the fifties to a relatively large town in recent years compared to other communities in Iceland.  Both towns have gained an advantage from its location near Reykjavik,  the capital of Iceland. A small village acquired a new role Interestingly Garðabær has been around, in a sense,  since Iceland´s first settlement in the 9th century. Ath that time Vífill, a slave of Ingólfur Arnarson Iceland’...
  • Part of the town center is charming and filled with beautiful houses
    Hafnarfjörður consists mostly of residential areas and two relatively large industrial areas in addition to the crucial harbor.  This third largest town in Iceland has thus more characteristics of a town rather than just a suburb from Reykjavík.  The population is 28.189 in 2016 acording to offical numbers.  Hafnafjörður like Kópavogur and other towns in the larger capital city area has gained considerably from its neighbor Reykjavík.  One could argue that Reykjavík municipal lacked significantly in urban planning and land development for years with the consequences that both businesses and people floated to the neighboring towns.  Hafnafjörður is an attractive town with a significant...
  •  The Kópavogur Church is a well-known landmark in Iceland
    Kópavogur is the largest town in Iceland and comes second in size only to the capital Reykjavik.  Inhabitants are 34.140 in 2016 according to 2016 official numbers. In recent decades, Kópavogur has developed from a small village in the fifties to a large municipality today.  Like all the towns and villages around Reykjavik in the capital region, it has gained an advantage from its neighbor.  In the last two to three decades, Kópavogur launched some serious land development projects that were mostly commercial and residential. Some would say that Kópavogur took an important initiative at that time in developing the land while Reykjavík was sleeping.  Home of the largest mall in Iceland The...
  • Álafosskvosin is an interesting place to visit with small shops and restaurants
    Mosfellsbær is a community in Iceland located east of Reykjavík with a population of 9.481 in 2016.  When visitors drive from Reykjavík towards the West region or Thingvellir, they drive through Mosfellsbær.  Like many of the towns around the Capital Reykjavík, it is tightly connected to the city.  Almost like a suburb.  Unlike many suburbs, Mosfellsbær has a lot to offer visitors and Icelanders alike. It is a culturally rich community. It was the home to Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1955, and also the home of Sundlaugin (The swimming pool) Sigur Rós´s studio.  Halldórs Laxness house is now a museum located in the Mosfellsdalur valley and hard to miss...
  • Grótta and the lighthouse are important places for outdoor activity in the whole Capital Region
    Seltjarnarnes is a small town or a suburb west of Reykjavík that barely has an identity although a seperate municipality of 4.415 residents in 2016. It is so closely connected to Reykjavík, geologically, historically and culturally, that it´s a wonder that the two municipals did not merge a long time ago.  Seltjarnarnes mainly consists of one relatively large residential area, a tiny industrial area, and a windy 9-hole golf course.   The community is quite affluent, and most of the residential area consists of large single-family houses.  In recent years, a former industrial or fishing industry area has been developed for condominiums and apartment houses. So there is a bit more variety in...