Renewal of the streets Hverfisgata and Frakkastígur

Mannvit was involved in the renewal of Hverfisgata and Frakkastígur in central Reykjavík. Both of these historical city streets were completely renewed. The buyer was the Environment and Planning Division of the City of Reykjavík.

The renewal meant that all soil is replaced, as were all pipelines/conduits, a snow-melt system was installed in pavements and bicycle lanes. The surface either laid with tarmac or paving stones, trees planted and lighting and walkways installed. Access for pedestrian and cyclists was improved as well as access for the blind and impaired. Bus stops were increased and pavements were adjusted by using ramps to accommodate entrance for bus passengers. All the cycling and pavements are now heated with geothermal heating and street lighting was added, which improves the overall safety conditions for everyone.


Mannvit was responsible for all pre-design, tender design, tender documents and cost estimates with the exception that Arkís architects was the sub-contractor for landscape design. The design of electrical and communications conduits was in the hands of their owners.

Project period
National Theatre Street #
Naming of Hverfisgata

“In this project, bicycle lanes have been laid in Hverfisgata and Frakkastígur at the expense of parking. The City is encouraging residents to use public transport and to walk more by doing so. Projects such as this are generally hotly disputed and are heavily covered by the media, particularly when there are delays to their completion, but when all is said and done most people are quite happy with the changes.“

Ólafur Sigurðsson

Project Manager