#breidholt

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.

There are ten districts in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. Each district has its characteristics mostly driven from the time the it was developed.  Although Reykjavík has been around for a long time, some would even claim that it has been around for centuries, most of the city was built and developed in the 20th century. It that senses it is not a very old city.  The first part started as a small village in the city center.  When people started to move to Reykjavík from other parts of the land the village started to move to the west side towards and by the shoreline. Like most towns and villages in Iceland, it was the fishing industry that drove the development with new companies and new ways of fishing and processing the fish.  Commerce also played an important role. When faced with increasing number of people around and after WW2 the city development moved to the eastern part, where there was enough land to develop. After the city center district and Vesturbær, the West site, had developed the next district was Hlíðar and then Lugardalur and Háaleiti. Most of the newer districts were developed in the late 20th century. You can read about each district and their characteristics and neighborhoods on the links in the left column. 

There are ten districts in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.

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.

Reykjavík, with its 10 districts, is the capital of Iceland. The population of Reykjavík at the end of year 2016 is 122.500.  It is one of the most interesting places to visit if you are traveling in Iceland. Although labeled as a city it is more like a small town, measured by population or comparison with cities around the globe; or even measured by many other indicators for towns and cities. The population is similar to a small town or a village in the US or Europe.  But on the scale of activity, culture, initiative, fine restaurants, and adventure,  it is more like a large city. Reykjavík is floating with all kinds of cultural activities. It is a city of live music, art, restaurants, design, shopping, festivals, nightlife, museums, conferences and many other interesting activities all year round. It is a beautiful city to visit and a great city to live in.  It is a place you don’t want to miss if you visit Iceland. It is hard not to visit Reykjavík because of the closeness to the international airport in Keflavík.

Reykjavík City Capital of Iceland

Reykjavík is one of the most important and interesting place in Iceland.

Reykjavík was one of the first places of settlement in Iceland in the 9th century. Ingólfur Arnarson, the first Viking to take permanent home in Iceland, flooded his honorary pillars from his ceremonial chair to help the gods guide him to his permanent place of resides in the new and untouched land, Iceland. Apparently the gods landed the pillars in Reykjavík, and this is where he settled. Reykjavík has been an inseparable part of Iceland and Icelandic history ever since. It is the most prominent place in Iceland and also one of the most interesting places to visit. When in Reykjavík you should check out the Sculpture & Shorewalk along the northern shore from Harpa to Höfði house. Yous should also check out Hallgrímskirkja church, the famous landmark. 

It is good to know the Reykjavík districts, where they are and how they developed

Reykjavík has ten districts, and each bears characteristics from the time established. Ranging from Vesturbær and the City Center to the latest development in Grafarholt.  Reykjavík also has a rural district where people still have farms and agriculture, in Kjalarnes.   In most of the districts, you will find accommodation and restaurants or cafés.  All districts are peaceful with family oriented neighbourhoods. 

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.