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Breiðholt: A neighbourhood with good views and better memories

By Sara McMahon

  • Sonja Bent, an Icelandic knitdesigner, lives with her family in the Breiðholt neighbourhood in Reykjavík. Photo/GVA

Sonja Bent is a fashion and textile designer based in Reykjavík. She recently opened UniKat, a collective design boutique located in the heart of Laugavegur, the city’s main thoroughfare. The boutique carries beautiful local design and knick knacks and selected items from Scandinavian and European designers. Sonja lives with her husband Árni Gústafsson, a recording artist, her stepson Daníel Kári and the dog Salka in the Breiðholt neighbourhood in Reykjavík. Sonja describes the area as diverse, family friendly, and peaceful.


How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
“Most of my life.”
What‘s the best thing about your neighborhood?
“It’s full of good childhood memories, our apartment is beautiful, and the area is quiet and close to nature.”

Mention 3 places that are a must-see or do in your neighborhood and why?

1)      “Breiðholtslaug swimming pool. I often go there to relax, swim a few laps, and gather my thoughts.”

2)      “Elliðaárdalur valley is nearby. I love to take Salka there for walks! A beautiful forest area surrounds the Elliðaá river, which is also a nice place for picnics.”

3)      “Just a few steps from my house there is a nice running trail that goes between Kópavogur, the neighboring town, and Breiðholt. No cars are visible from there, and you have a magnificent view over Reykjavík. You can see all the way to the Pearl and the church tower of Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.”

Does the area have a famous landmark?
“Elliðaárdalur valley.”

Visit UniKat's Facebook page here


Elliðaárdalur during autumn. Photo/GVA


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