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Árborg Municipality
(Sveitarfélagið Árborg)
ISL Arbogar COA.svg
Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Southurland
Constituency : Suðurkjördæmi
Sýsla : circular
Population: 9486 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 158 km²
Population density: 60.04 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 800, 801, 802 (Selfoss)
820 (Eyrarbakki)
825 (Stokkseyri)
Community number 8200
Website: www.arborg.is
Location of the municipality of Árborg

Coordinates: 63 ° 56 ′  N , 21 ° 0 ′  W

Árborg ( Isl. Sveitarfélagið Árborg "municipality Árborg") is a municipality in the Icelandic region of South Urland . Important places are Selfoss , Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri . On January 1, 2019, Árborg had 9,486 inhabitants. The municipality has the status of an independent city.


The municipality is located in the south of Iceland, east of Hellisheiði , south of lake Þingvallavatn and west of Hvolsvöllur . In the south it borders on the North Atlantic , where the small port towns of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri are located.

The Ölfusá flows through the municipality , about 3 km from Selfoss is the Ingólfsfjall tabular volcano .


The municipality was created on June 7, 1998 from the merger of the previously independent rural communities Eyrarbakki ( Eyrarbakkahreppur ), Sandvík ( Sandvíkurhreppur ) and Stokkseyri ( Stokkseyrarhreppur ) with the city of Selfoss ( Selfosskaupstaður ).


Selfoss with 8068 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2019) is an important trading center in the region.

Selfoss with Ingólfsfjall in the background



Stokkseyri is a fishing port on the south coast of Iceland not far from Selfoss and had 455 inhabitants on January 1, 2011. The place is south of the fishing village Eyrarbakki and west of Selfoss.


The area has been inhabited since the time of the conquest . In the past people lived here from fishing and agriculture, whereas today the majority of the inhabitants commute to Selfoss or Reykjavík.

Economy and Services

There is a comprehensive school, church, library and swimming pool in the village. There is an elf and troll museum there, as well as a restaurant serving lobster crab and lamb.

Leisure and Tourism

Numerous summer houses are located in the village or in its vicinity. The area and the beach are ideal for hiking, horse riding and kayaking trips.


Eyrarbakki with 540 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2019) is a fishing and harbor town.

Population development

Between 1997 and 2008, Árborg had an unusually large population increase (+ 33%) due to its proximity to the capital Reykjavík and a corresponding economic boom.

date Residents
Dec 1, 1997 5,472 *
Dec. 1, 2003 6.326
Dec. 1, 2004 6,522
Dec 1, 2005 6,961
Dec 1, 2006 7,280
Dec. 1, 2007 7,429
Dec 1, 2008 7,817
Dec 1, 2009 7,933
Dec 1, 2010 7,812

* (Territory from 1998)

Twin cities

From Selfoss

From Eyrarbakki

See also

Web links

Commons : Árborg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hagstofa (Stat. Office of Iceland) (Icelandic); Accessed September 5, 2011
  2. a b c Vegahandbókin. Ed. Landmælingar Íslands, 2006, 179