It’s been almost twenty years since the neighbourhood Sjáland in Garðabær was built, around the ideas of architect Björn Ólafs. A neighborhood with 750 apartments and over 2,200 inhabitants, designed by a number of architects to give the neighbourhood a look that it’s not to monotonous. The writer Hallgrímur Helgason then provided the ideas for a name and street names in this special neighbourhood at the southern end of Arnarnesvogur near Gálfahraun. From there it’s a short drive to Álftanes, to Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland. Few districts in the entire capital area have as good a view of the sea or as good cycling and walking paths as Sjáland in Garðabær, a town that has been among the fastest growing towns in Iceland in recent years. It will be getting even more populous than Akureyri in the near future.

The restaurant Sjáland in the neighbourhood Sjáland

Biking around Sjáland

Getting sunkissed in Sjáland

The neighbourhood beach, witch gets crowded on sunny days

Beautiful chairs can found in Sjáland

Spanish travellers from Valencia, had a chat about the neighbourhood and the weather

Wonderfully colourful neighbourhood

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Garðabær  24/08/2023 : A7R IV, RX1R II : FE 1.2/50mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z