By Úlfarsá 

Úlfarsárdalur is a beautiful valley where the salmon and trout river Úlfarsá flows from Hafravatn a short way to the sea into Faxaflói. In the middle of the valley are two of the city’s youngest neighborhoods, Úlfarsárdalur to the north of the river, and Grafarholt to the south. Care has been taken that residents have large and beautiful outdoor areas to enjoy, as the neighborhoods are on the outskirts of the capital. The nearest vicinity of Úlfarsá is on the Natural Heritage Register, preserved for future generations. In Hafravatn, which is 1 km² in size and stands at 76 m altitude, there is a lot of char, and a little bit of salmon, which come swimming up into the lake through Korpa and then Úlfarsá. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga was passing by to enjoy the quiet and watch people enjoying the cold and winter light on the outskirts of the capital.

Reykjavík’s newest district, Úlfarsárdalur, the new soccer field of Fram sports club, and Esjan in the background

The  district Grafarholt in Reykjavík seen from Hafravatn


Winter stills by Hafravatn

Enjoying a walk on the icy lake

Úlfarsárdalur and Hafravatn, are some of the best outdoor recreation areas in the capital area. Beautiful areas both in summer and winter.

Dalslaug in Úlfarsárdalur

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson

19/01/2023 : A7C, A7RIII : FE 1.8/135mm GM, FE 1.8/20mm G