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Little Skerjafjörður - a village within the city

By Sara McMahon

  • A village within a city. Hrefna Rósa Sætran, chef and owner of two restaurants, lives in the Skerjafjörður neighbourhood in Reykjavík. Photo/Björn Árnason

  • Keilir mountain. Photo/GVA

  • Nordic house. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Hrefna Rósa Jóhannsdóttir Sætran lives with her husband and two kids in the Little Skerjafjörður neighbourhood in central Reykjavík. During the second World War the neighbourhood was split in two when the domestic airport was constructed by the British. The southern part is now named Einarsnes, also known as Larger Skerjafjörður


Name and occupation: Hrefna Rósa Sætran, chef and restaurant owner.

Spouse: Björn Árnason, photographer.

Children and/or other family members: “Two children, Bertram Skuggi and Hrafnhildur Skugga, and two cats. Our family is very gender equal.”

Where do you live? “In Skerjafjörður.”

For how long have you lived in the neighbourhood? “We have lived here for three years now.”

What’s the best thing about your neighbourhood? “The best thing about our neighbourhood is how calm it is. It’s almost like living in a small village out in the country. Our neighbours are also fantastic, we have a great relationship with all of them and everyone is extremely friendly.”

What is a must see or do in your neighbourhood?

1. The neighbourhood is full of beautiful and colourful old houses. I recommend taking a little stroll around the area to admire all the little houses.

2.  The neighbourhood is in walking distance from the seafront. It only takes you five minutes to walk to Ægisíða and from there you have a lovely view of the mountain Keilir.

3. The Nordic House is also close by. There you can enjoy art exhibitions and a nice cup of coffee.  

4. My favourite place is probably our back-garden during summer time. But that’s private and only for us to enjoy. 

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