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Laugardalur district in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland


Borgartún street is one of the most important streets in Reykjavík
Borgartún street is one of the most important streets in Reykjavík

In the district of Laugardalur, you will find one of the largest industrial and commercial areas in the city of Reykjavík. Developed at a time when Reykjavík was advancing as a small town and becoming a city while the population was increasing rapidly, Laugardalur became the breeding ground for all kinds of business and commercial solutions. A development that demanded better transportation, better areas for industry, a larger port, and better facilities for sports and recreational activity, among many other requirements that surfaced and demanded a solution. This was in the early forties, and most of the projects and buildings were built in the period up until the seventies and eighties. And even today, many parts of the area are still seeing new buildings serving new industries, like hotels and office buildings serving the rapidly growing travel industry.


Reykjavík on the map of Iceland
Reykjavík on the map of Iceland

A key district for industry and commerce

The main sports facilites in Iceland are located in Lugardalur district
The main sports facilites in Iceland are located in Lugardalur district

There are mainly four areas for industry and commerce in the Laugardalur district. Laugarnes, which probably still has some development potential, Sund, where all kinds of companies and the main port of Reykjavík are located, Borgartún, which many consider the center of our small and damaged, but slowly recovering financial companies, banks, and financial institutions and Skeifan which is mainly a commercial area.


In Laugardalur district in Reykjavík is the heart of sports events in Iceland

The campside in Reykjavík city is located in Laugadalur district
The campside in Reykjavík city is located in Laugadalur district

Laugardalur is the heart of Iceland’s sports and our participation in international sports like soccer, handball, and track and field. Here is where our small but sufficient Stadium is located. It is also one of the largest outdoor recreational areas in the city. The main camping ground in Reykjavík is conveniently located in Laugardalur beside our favorite outdoor swimming pool, Laugardalslaug. But Laugardalur also has a few residential neighborhoods. Although most of the houses are single-family houses or two to three-story houses with two to three apartments, there are also some of the largest and tallest residential buildings in Reykjavík in the district of Laugardalur. In all the residential neighborhoods, service for the residents has always been of high quality. There are good kindergarten, primary- and secondary schools as well as "state of the art" sports facilities.



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