Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík City Center and the City hall
    Reykjavík City Center and the City hall
  • Reykjavík - seen from the city pound
    Reykjavík - seen from the city pound
  • New buildings in Reykjavík
    New buildings in Reykjavík
  • Harpan Reykjavík
    Harpan Reykjavík
  • A view to the district Hlíðar
    A view to the district Hlíðar
  • Reykjavík by night from the Laugardalur district
    Reykjavík by night from the Laugardalur district
  • The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
    The district Breiðholt got its name from a farm that was once on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
  • Árbær - The name of this district comes from an old farm meaning “the farm by the river.”
    The name of this district comes from an old farm meaning “the farm by the river.”
  • Grafarholt is the latest district in Reykjavík, planned and developed in the last decade of the twentieth century.
    Grafarholt is the latest district in Reykjavík, planned and developed in the last decade of the twentieth century.
  • Grafarvogur is the second largest district in Reykjavík and has a population slightly over seventeen thousand people.
    Grafarvogur is the second largest district in Reykjavík and has a population slightly over seventeen thousand people.
  • Háaleiti is a district that developed in Reykjavík from the early fifties up until the late nineties in the twentieth century.
    Háaleiti is a district that developed in Reykjavík from the early fifties up until the late nineties in the twentieth century.
  • Kjalarnes district is the largest district in Reykjavík measured in land, but the smallest measured by population.
    Kjalarnes district is the largest district in Reykjavík measured in land, but the smallest measured by population.
  • Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.
    Vesturbær or the West Town in Reykjavík is mostly residential, with increasing tourist related commercial activity in the harbor area and Grandi.

Reykjavík, with its 10 districts, is the capital of Iceland. The population of Reykjavík at the end of year 2016 is 122.500.  It is one of the most interesting places to visit if you are traveling in Iceland. Although labeled as a city it is more like a small town, measured by population or comparison with cities around the globe; or even measured by many other indicators for towns and cities. The population is similar to a small town or a village in the US or Europe.  But on the scale of activity, culture, initiative, fine restaurants, and adventure,  it is more like a large city. Reykjavík is floating with all kinds of cultural activities. It is a city of live music, art, restaurants, design, shopping, festivals, nightlife, museums, conferences and many other interesting activities all year round. It is a beautiful city to visit and a great city to live in.  It is a place you don’t want to miss if you visit Iceland. It is hard not to visit Reykjavík because of the closeness to the international airport in Keflavík.

Reykjavík is one of the most important and interesting place in Iceland.

Reykjavík was one of the first places of settlement in Iceland in the 9th century. Ingólfur Arnarson, the first Viking to take permanent home in Iceland, flooded his honorary pillars from his ceremonial chair to help the gods guide him to his permanent place of resides in the new and untouched land, Iceland. Apparently the gods landed the pillars in Reykjavík, and this is where he settled. Reykjavík has been an inseparable part of Iceland and Icelandic history ever since. It is the most prominent place in Iceland and also one of the most interesting places to visit. When in Reykjavík you should check out the Sculpture & Shorewalk along the northern shore from Harpa to Höfði house. Yous should also check out Hallgrímskirkja church, the famous landmark. 

It is good to know the Reykjavík districts, where they are and how they developed

Reykjavík has ten districts, and each bears characteristics from the time established. Ranging from Vesturbær and the City Center to the latest development in Grafarholt.  Reykjavík also has a rural district where people still have farms and agriculture, in Kjalarnes.   In most of the districts, you will find accommodation and restaurants or cafés.  All districts are peaceful with family oriented neighbourhoods.