Seltjarnarnes town near Reykjavík

  • Grótta and the lighthouse are important places for outdoor activity in the whole Capital Region
    Grótta and the lighthouse are important places for outdoor activity in the whole Capital Region
  • Seltjarnarnes has a kind of unique swimming pool with salted water
    Seltjarnarnes has a kind of unique swimming pool with salted water
  • Like most municipals in Iceland, Seltjarnarnes has sports center
    Like most municipals in Iceland, Seltjarnarnes has sports center
  • New luxurious apartment buildings at Seltjarnarnes
    New luxurious apartment buildings at Seltjarnarnes
  • The town of Seltjarnarnes has preserved the coastline
    The town of Seltjarnarnes has preserved the coastline
  • Most of the houses at Seltjarnarnes are single-family houses
    Most of the houses at Seltjarnarnes are single-family houses
  • The oldest part of Seltjarnarnes is charming, and owners have renovated many houses in recent years
    The oldest part of Seltjarnarnes is charming, and owners have renovated many houses in recent years
  • Seltjarnarnes residents are offered good health care at the Healthcare Center
    Seltjarnarnes residents are offered good health care at the Healthcare Center
  • The middle school in Seltjarnarnes has the best astronomical telescope in Iceland
    The middle school in Seltjarnarnes has the best astronomical telescope in Iceland
  • The Pharmacy Museum of Iceland is located at Seltjarnarnes
    The Pharmacy Museum of Iceland is located at Seltjarnarnes
  • One of the oldest houses in Iceland from 1765 is at Seltjarnarnes
    One of the oldest houses in Iceland from 1765 is at Seltjarnarnes
  • The church in Seltjarnarnes is both beautiful and unique in architecture
    The church in Seltjarnarnes is both beautiful and unique in architecture
  • Few apartment buildings from the seventies and a tiny commercial area
    Few apartment buildings from the seventies and a tiny commercial area
  • Although Seltjarnarnes is small, the town has a nine-hole golf course
    Although Seltjarnarnes is small, the town has a nine-hole golf course
  • The lighthouse at Grótta in Seltjarnarnes is a major attraction for visitors and Icelanders
    The lighthouse at Grótta in Seltjarnarnes is a major attraction for visitors and Icelanders
  • At sunset, the view is sometimes breathtaking
    At sunset, the view is sometimes breathtaking

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 housing. 

Seltjarnarnes has substantial limits to its growth

Placed on a point west of the Capital Area Peninsula, further land development is impossible.  Any residential, commercial or industrial development is almost impossible, as the north, west and south side of Seltjarnarnes is a coastline.   The municipal of Seltjarnarnes offers good quality service for its residents, quite similar to any other municipal in the Capital Region.  The schools are good, and there is a sports team Grótta, a recreation center, and excellent health care center. For many decades the same political party, the Independent party, has governed Seltjarnarnes.  Most would agree that the party has done an excellent job although one can also argue that the job wasn’t very difficult since the municipal is very small and feeds of the Capital Reykjavík in many ways. 

The shore at Seltjarnarnes is a valuable part of the capital area

The coast of Seltjarnarnes has great value for the community and the whole Capital Area.  Fortunately, the municipal has preserved the coastline and a substantial part of the land by the coast, for outdoor activities.  The whole area of Grótta Island, the Lighthouse, and the walking path is one of the most interesting walking paths in the Capital Area.  In that area, bird life is extensive, and one can find over 100 species.  It is a paradise for birdwatchers.  On a good evening, after a lovely sunny day, the point of Grótta is quite popular among people and visitors in the whole Capital Area, to relax and view the sunset.  View the sun dip down behind Snæfellsjökull on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Seltjarnarnes has an interesting museum and a golf course

Like many communities around the country in Iceland, there is a small and unique museum in Seltjarnarnes, The Pharmacy Museum of Iceland and Nesstofa.  Not only is the museum interesting but also the house, which was the home of the first Icelandic Director of Public Health, Bjarni Pálsson.  Built in 1760 – 1765, the house was both an office and the Directors home.    Although Seltjarnarnes is small, the town has a nine-hole golf course.
 

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