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Bláskógabyggð municipality
Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Southurland
Constituency : Suðurkjördæmi
Sýsla : Árnessýsla
Population: 1121 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 3300 km²
Population density: 0.34 inhabitants / km²
Height: 226
Post Code: 840 (Laugarvatn), 801
Community number 8721
Mayor: Valtýr Valtýsson
Address of the municipal administration: Félagsheimilinu Aratungu
801 Selfoss
Location of Bláskógabyggð municipality

Coordinates: 64 ° 17 ′  N , 20 ° 24 ′  W

Bláskógabyggð is a municipality in the Suðurland region in southwest Iceland .

On January 1, 2019, the community had 1,121 inhabitants. There are two important centers of Icelandic history on their municipality, the old Thingstätte Þingvellir and the former bishopric of Skálholt .

The three largest settlements are Reykholt with 260 inhabitants, Laugarvatn with 192 inhabitants and Laugarás with 121 inhabitants.


The lakes Þingvallavatn , Apavatn and Laugarvatn are partly located in the municipality . In the north is Langjökull . To the south and southeast of the glacier are the lakes Hagavatn , Sandvatn and the Hvítárvatn , from which the Hvítá rises. Hofsjökull is located in the northeast of the municipality . In the west of the municipality, where it borders on Kjós and Hvalfjarðarsveit , is the mountain Botnssúlur , a little east of the Skjaldbreiður . In the east of the municipality is the famous Gullfoss waterfall , part of the touristically significant Gullni hringurinn , to which the Haukadalur also belongs. This has a high temperature area and numerous geysers (including the Great Geyser and Strokkur ) and is located at the foot of the mountain Laugarfjall . A little further to the east is the mountain Bláfell .


Bláskógabyggð emerged as a municipality on February 11, 2002 through the merger of the three rural communities Biskupstungur ( Biskupstungnahreppur ), Laugardalur ( Laugardalshreppur ) and Þingvellir ( Þingvallahreppur ).


Reykholt (not to be confused with Reykholt in the municipality of Borgarbyggð, also in west Iceland ) is the municipality's largest settlement with hot springs and greenhouses near Skálholt .


Houses of the place with the lake Laugarvatn

Laugarvatn ([ ˈløyːɣarvahtn̥ ], German " Warmwassersee ") is located on the lake of the same name and has a school center with Grunnskóli (elementary school), Menntaskóli (secondary school) and teacher training college . The Héraðsskólinn was built by the architect Guðjón Samúelsson .

There are numerous hot springs in Laugarvatn that are used in greenhouses .

Population development

date Residents
Dec. 1, 1997: 792 (area status 2002)
Dec. 1, 2003: 905
Dec. 1, 2004: 888
Dec. 1, 2005: 921
Dec. 1, 2006: 921

Web links

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


  1. German "Warmwassertal"