The valley down below
Noteworthy for: This is the location of Iceland’s national sports and athletic facilities.
Once a Mecca for geothermal activity, hundreds of years ago residents of this valley baked bread by burying it in the ground. Today, the pastoral neighbourhood comprising Laugardalur valley marks the epicentre of Iceland’s national sports and athletics teams, and is home to the financial district where Iceland’s three largest banks went bankrupt in 2008.
Sub-prime mortgages aside, Iceland’s national football and handball stadiums are located here, not to mention the Laugardalur swimming pool, as well as World Class Gym, the country’s most modern workout facility. You visit Laugardalur to exercise your body and soul, and root on Iceland’s national soccer team: Áfram Ísland.