Just 15 minutes northeast of Reykjavik lies the town of Mosfellsbaer, the seventh largest and the fastest growing municipality in Iceland.
Things to do in Mosfellsbaer
Mosfellsbaer is perfect for outdoor lovers, with well-marked biking and walking paths along the coastline which connect to trails in Reykjavik. Mosfellsbaer’s beautiful nature is perfect for horseback riding, playing golf, and fishing for trout and char in the small lakes.
Besides offering natural beauty, the town has an emerging arts district, Alafosskvos. There former wool factory buildings have been converted into workshops, galleries and sound studios. During weekends out-of-towners flock to Mosfellsbaer to shop at the Alafoss factory outlet with its artisan handiwork. But also to peruse the organic farmers’ market selling greenhouse-grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and locally made gourmet products.
Former home of Halldor Laxness
The attraction that has put Mosfellsbaer most prominently on the map is the former home of Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness (1902-1998). It also serves as a museum. Known as Gljufrasteinn, the museum is dedicated to the writer’s life. Laxness penned 62 books and won the Nobel Prize for his book, ‘Independent People’ in 1955.
Mosfellsbaer – ‘The green town’
Mosfellsbaer enjoys thermal activity and quite a few greenhouses have been built here. Hence it is often called “the green town”. Since 1933 it has supplied the capital area with natural hot water for house heating, swimming pools, etc. The mountainous area around the town is ideal for walks and hikes, skiing and fishing for trout and char in the small lakes.