A Day in Elliðaárdalur Park

From the desk of Iceland (soon to be Sweden) correspondent Wailana Kalama: 

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After you’ve been in one place for a while, or you’ve visited one place again and again… you begin to discover all those little nooks and crannies you missed the first time ’round.

For me, Elliðaárdalur was one of those places—a little piece of wildlife in the middle of Reykjavik, Iceland. Virtually unknown to tourists, this peaceful cluster of trees and streams makes a great afternoon getaway from the hubbub of Reykjavik.What better time to visit in the beginning of June, when the glacier waters have melted to reveal beautiful cascades and blooming lupin?

Elliðaárdalur is only 10-15 minutes drive from downtown, or approximately 20 minutes by bus. Pronounced (rather roughly) “et-lee-tha-aur-da-lure,” the name means something like the “Valley of Elliði’s River.”


The park runs from north to south, follows the banks of the Elliðaár river, and culminates into two small but graceful waterfalls at the end. Hikers can hug the waterside or go exploring on the shady forest trails. Walk among birch, fir and pine trees, and keep a lookout for swans, ducks, thrush, and wild berries. You can even take your bike there—just watch out for stones on the path!

I found myself singing “While Strolling through the Park One Day,” although technically it is the merry merry month of June, and not May as the song would like to convince you.

The park is just next to Arbaer Museum (Kistuhylur 4), the open-air folk museum that depicts the traditional Icelandic way of life.

Would you like to know more about the hidden nooks and crannies of Reykjavik? Email info@wittravel.com to plan your one of a kind trip to Iceland today! WIT Blogger Wailana lived in Reykjavik for little over a year and loves to share her tips. 

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