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New Cycling and Walking Path Opens in Capital Area

A new cycling and walking path between Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær was formally taken into use last week after Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr, Mayor of Mosfellsbær Haraldur Sverrisson and Director of the Icelandic Road Administration Hreinn Haraldsson opened it.

cycling-rvk_psArchive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In the inauguration ceremony, they cut the ribbon and then rode on the new path on bicycles along with other attendees, Fréttablaðið reports.

With the opening of the path, the cycling and walking network of the two municipalities has been connected.

It is now possible to cycle all the way from Grótta on the tip of Seltjarnarnes to the west of the capital, through Öskjuhlíð in central Reykjavík, where Perlan landmark building is located, and onwards to Mosfellsbær, around 30 kilometers (18.5 miles).

The path is a collaboration between the two municipalities and the Icelandic Road Administration. They will share the cost of approximately ISK 60 million (USD 480,000, EUR 362,000).

The path was made by the contractor Glaumur and also included the making of a bridge, establishment of drains and streetlights. They also had to avoid damaging a boulder said to be inhabited by elves.

Next spring the surface of the path will be marked to separate the walking and cycling path.

Click here to read more about the capital’s efforts to make it better accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.


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