Mosfellsbaer is a growing municipality in the Greater Reykjavík Area. The residential area extends from Leiruvogur into the nearby valleys, and curves around the mountains. Close to beautiful nature, with an attractive and diverse community and cultural life, numerous possibilities for outdoor activities and a family-friendly environment these are some the reasons why so many people choose to live there, far from the noise of the city yet only 15 minutes away by car from the Reykjavík city centre. Mosfellsbær offers the best of both: enjoyable country living and a city atmosphere.
The town is bordered by the ocean in Leiruvogur. Three rivers run to the sea: Leirvogsá, Kaldakvísl and Varmá.
Added interest in all types of sports and outdoor activities has been met with the systematic development of the outdoor recreation areas, for the benefit of town residents, visitors and tourists. The area next to the sports complex at Varmá has one of the best outdoor playing fields in Iceland, as well as a swimming pool, providing diverse possibilities for sporting activities, for both adults and children.
Walking, for health and recreation, is possible in locations throughout Mosfellsbaer. The town has a number of footpaths, as well as designated “information paths”, where signs provide diverse information about the surroundings.
An enjoyable walking/cycling path runs from the Reykjavík-Mosfellsbær border, along the coastline, to the sports complex at Varmá. There is also a beautiful walking path along the information path that runs from Álafosskvos to Reykir.
View from Lágafellsklif
The top of Lágafellsklif provides an excellent view over the surrounding area. In good weather it is possible to view the capital, Mt. Esja, Snæfellsjökull glacier and beyond. Landmarks and place names are marked on the viewing diagram. There is an information sign with the history of the church at the cemetery at Lágafell.
Álafosskvos - Stekkjarflot
The wonderful sculpture, “Hús skáldsins - hús tímans” by Magnús Tómasson, stands at Stekkjarflot at Álafosskvos. It is based on the town's symbol and has references to the works of Halldór Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1955. A largescale wool industry built up around Álafoss waterfalls on the Varmá river between 1919 and 1955, and workers lived in the neighbourhood. Today, the old factory buildings have a new role: artists have turned them into workshops and galleries. The Álafoss factory outlet has objects from the old factories as well as photographs from that time, showing a fragment of the history of wool production in Mosfellsbær.
Halldór Laxness from Mosfellsbær
Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness would have been 100 years old on 23 April 2002. He was an incredibly prolific writer: 62 books over a 68-year period. Over 500 editions of his works have been published, and they have been translated into 43 languages. Halldór's books are an important part of Iceland's culture, and most Icelanders have read some of his works.
The Mosfellsdalur valley,
where Halldór grew up on the farm Laxnes, is the site of the historical Mosfellskirkja church. On the valley's south side is a cluster of friendly greenhouses. Halldor built a house for himself and his family at Köldukvísl, and named it Gljúfrasteinn
. That house has now been turned into a museum. In his later years, Halldor wrote the book Í túninu heima (Home in the Hayfield), in which he described his childhood experiences at his home in the Mosfellsdalur valley.
Places of Interest:
Stekkjarflöt, outdoor sculpture by Magnús Tómasson.
Learning trail runs from the boundary of Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær at Úlfarsá river, along the shoreline and up to Álafosskvos and Reykjahverfi, or up to Mosfells Valley. Information signs with historical and ecological information are placed along the trail.
Lágafellsklif at Lágafellskirkja church provides a beautiful view!
Lágafell Church, tel: 566-6165.
Mosfell Church, tel: 566-6113.
Helgufoss falls at Köldukvísl. Tröllafoss falls at Leirvogsá.
Varmárlaug Swimming pool
Lágafell Sports Centre, swimming pool, tel: 517-6080.
Golf, Hlídavollur, 9 holes
Golf, Bakkakotsvöllur, Mosfellsdalur, 9 holes