Vesturbær is a district in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.

Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi. When Reykjavík was growing as a town at the end of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th century the logical direction was west of the city center, by the shoreline. At that time, houses popped up without any plan or organized land development.  It wasn’t until 1927 that the growing town introduced a development plan for the city of Reykjavík. 

The West Town in Reykjavík was a center for the fishing industry

Historically a large portion of the district was utilized for industrial activity, in particular for the fishing industry.  As the harbor in Reykjavík demanded more space, part of the harbor moved towards the district Vesturbær.  Concurrently a fair chunk of the fishing industry and fish processing companies built their operation in Vesturbær in the area around the harbor at that time. During the WW2, the British occupying forces created neighborhoods of barracks, which Icelanders moved into after the war, as demand for houses was extremely high, and established the first ghettos.  The first street developed as the main road for traffic was Hringbraut, running from the west shore eastward.  The old part of Vesturbær is on the north side of Hringbraut and later when demand for housing development increased it was logical to develop the area south of Hringbraut.

The West Town is also the home of many University faculties and homes of students and teachers

When Reykjavík was growing rapidly after the war and up until the end of the 20th century,  much of the industrial and commercial activity in Vesturbær moved to other districts, and more and more land was utilized for residential buildings. Since many buildings belonging to the University of Iceland in the City Center are on the edge of Vesturbær district, it was only logical to build new buildings for the University in Vesturbær.  It was also convenient for teachers and students attending the University to live in Vesturbær, so the district became highly connected to the University.

Vesturbær is the most expensive and sought after district in Reykjavík and Iceland

Vesturbær is today considered by many the most interesting community in Reykjavík. The neighborhoods in Vesturbær are also the most expensive real state in Iceland. Vesturbær has always offered a high quality of life and living. The district has good schools for children as well as good kindergartens. On of the most popular swimming pools in Reykjavík, Vesturbæjarlaug, is in Vesturbær. It is a great are for outdoor recreational activities and has the most popular walking paths in the city, Ægissíða. It is within walking distance to downtown Reykjavík and the University area. The district has been in development for decades, and new residential buildings are still being built in some of the neighborhoods.   

Reykjavík Iceland map of Vesturbær district

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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.