REYKJAVÍK

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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.

REYKJAVÍK MUNICIPALITIES

Greater Reykjavík or Höfuðborgarsvæðið is a name used collectively for Reykjavík and the municipalities around it. The area is the largest urban area in Iceland with around 60% of the population of Iceland residing in the area that covers only just over 1% of the total size of the country. Each municipality has its own elected council that governs the community and is responsible for the execution of legally determined projects.  The distance between the municipalities are short, usually within a 20-minute drive, so the people living there often seek service in Reykjavík.

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Hafnarfjörður

Hafnarfjordur is a unique seaside town with an interesting history and characterised by the lava formations that surrounds it along with the charming harbour and is also known for being the home of hidden folks.

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Garðabær

Garðabær is an important part of the greater capital area with its collection of diverse landscapes, stretching impressively for the beautiful Heidmörk Nature Reserve to the pleasant Álftanes peninsula.

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Kópavogur

Kópavogur is Iceland‘s second largest municipality with a population of around 31000. It is located a short distance from Reykjavík and offers stunning views of the ocean and nearby mountains.

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Mosfellsbær

Mosfellsbær is located a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík. Apart from numerous mountain trails set in the beautiful surroundings, the town also has a number of great sports facilities.