About Heiða

Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir was born in Akureyri on February 21, 1971 and was raised there. Except 5 years living in Sweden, she has lived all her adult years in Reykjavík. She is the daughter of Hilmir Helgason, heavy equipment engineer, and Lovísa Snorradóttir, domestic service worker. Heida Björg is married to Hrannar Björn Arnarson and they have 4 children, Særós Mist born in 1991, Hilmir Jökull born in 1998, Sólkatla Þöll born in 2006, and Ísold Embla Ögn born in 2008.


Heiða Björg serves as the chair of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities, former deputy chair of the Social Democratic Alliance, and chair of the party's women's movement. Before taking her seat on City Council, Heiða Björg served as Director of Kitchen and Dining at Landspítali — The National University Hospital of Iceland. She has been active in social activities, including chairing the Icelandic Food and Nutrition Society, chairing the Norwegian MS Association, vice-chairing the MS Association, and on the Representative Council of the European Nutrition Advisory Association. She has covered a wide range of food and nutrition in the media, taught at the University of Iceland, published the cookbook “Samlokur” or Sandwiches with Bryndís Eva Birgisdóttir, and written recipes for the book “Af bestu lyst 4” or Most Appetizing 4. Over the years, Heida has worked many different jobs, including consulting, shop assistance, catering, and cleaning, and worked in lambing, haymaking, and milking.


2016 Diploma in Positive Psychology
2005 MBA, graduate in business administration (I. “viðskiptafræðingur”), Master of Business Administration at the University of Reykjavík
1999 M.Sc. As an Administrative Dietitian. Master's Degree in Management of Large-Scale Kitchens from Gothenburg University with a focus on Quality Management
1998 Fil.Kand. Administrative Dietitian from Gothenburg University
1992 Student of Natural Sciences from Akureyri Vocational School
1992 Food Technician, Akureyri Vocational School
1988 Naval Chef, Akureyri Vocational School

Board & Committee Duties

Board Chair of Skógarbær Nursing Home
Election Committee of the Municipal Loan Fund
Board of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities
Welfare Council
Violence Prevention Committee
Board of Straeto Public Transport bs.
MS-setur – alternate board member
Bjarkarhlíð – board member
Office hours are subject to agreement, please email heida.bjorg.hilmisdottir@reykjavik.is.