Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is the only city in Iceland and the northernmost capital of the world. It’s a city of about 190.000 inhabitants (greater Reykjavik) which isn’t considered large on a worldwide scale but it certainly spreads over quite a large area on the Reykjavik peninsula. Reykjavik is a city with most of the things you would expect a capital of millions to offer – universities, symphony orchestra, theatres, all kinds of cultural activities, nightlife, cosy cafés, world-class restaurants and an incredibly lively music scene. You’ve also got some things not available in most other capitals such as delightful public outdoor swimming pools with hot tubs and a salmon river in the city.
Reykjavík is the obvious starting point to any trip to Iceland and it is thoroughly recommended that everyone stays at least 2-3 nights in the city before going on an adventure through the country as the city is renowned for its culture, history and natural beauty. Reykjavík has extremely easy access to nature and many day trips can be taken from the city to the surrounding mountains, glaciers, hot springs and volcanos. The Golden Circle is, for example, an ideal day trip from Reykjavík. There is an abundance of tour companies that operate day excursions from the city. These can include horseback riding, glacier climbing, river rafting, whale watching, just to name a few. Meantime, the cities museums, geothermal pools, theatres, cafés thrive off the vibrant energy of locals and tourists alike. The restaurants in the city are many internationally acclaimed, offering local and fresh ingredients and produce.
Reykjavík’s charm lies in its contrasts, it offers the combination of a small village atmosphere and big city feel. Yet, it has a steady beat of vibrant energy and various events keep the city alive. In summer the city has in 24-hour sunlight while in winter it’s hampered by darkness and snow storms.