Seltjarnarnes is one of the oldest municipalities in Iceland and originally covered the majority of Reykjavik. Today the landscape of Seltjarnarnes is surrounded by the ocean on the north, west, and south coastlines. To the east Seltjarnarnes borders with Reykjavik. Seltjarnarnes received Town status in 1974. The population of Seltjarnarnes is about 4600 people.
Seltjarnarnes is governed by a town council, which consists of seven elected officials. Current council was elected in 2002, with four representatives from the Independent party and 3 representatives from Neslistinn.
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