Mosfellsbær - Mountain Borough
Health and recreation with a touch of history
With outdoor activities as its greatest attraction, get ready for a journey of beautiful hikes in diverse landscapes, historic sites, wool shopping and more, all within the Mountain Borough area.
Enjoy the hiking paths that lie from the seashore to the mountains. Walk or run up one or more of the seven peaks surrounding the area. Learn about the life and works of Nobel Prize laureate Halldór Laxness at his former home Gljúfrasteinn, which is now a museum. Take the lovely hiking paths that lie from the museum to the historic Mosfellskirkja church. Go horse riding. Visit the interesting artistic community of Álafosskvos, where they sell handmade arts, crafts and knives; and the Álafoss store, which has been offering handmade wool products at reasonable prices since 1896. Take the kids to Hraðastaðir, a fun petting zoo with Icelandic farm animals. And don’t forget to visit Lágafellslaug, a family-friendly thermal pool with three water slides, various jacuzzis, a sauna, steam bath and more.
Things to do in Mosfellsbær
Gljúfrasteinn is a writers museum. It was the home and workplace of Halldór Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. It has now been opened to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there.
"Úlfarsfell" is lower than its sister "Esja", and definitely not as well known. But it's actually closer to central Reykjavík and offers just as an impressive view over the city.
Dramatically dominating the Reykjavík City skyline and providing a stunning backdrop to the capital area is the impressive Mount Esja, a popular destination for day-trippers and riddled with well-worn hiking trails. Once surmounted, the view from the top of this 914-metre high mountain is breathtaking.
Varmárlaug in Mosfellsbær is an outdoor thermal pool, also with two hot tubs, sauna, childrens’ pool and play area.
Álafosskvosin is a small area in Mosfellsbær where you can find handcrafted Icelandic items like woolen sweaters, hats, scarfs, handcrafted knives, toys, sculptures and furniture.
Lágafellslaug pool offers a 25m competition pool, indoor pool, children's pool, lounge pool along with three water slides. Furthemore there are two hot tubs, massage tub and a cold tub.