Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

  • Reykjavík City Center and the City hall
    Reykjavík City Center and the City hall
  • Reykjavík - seen from the city pond
    Reykjavík - seen from the city pond
  • 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. 

If you are going to visit the Reykjavik the capital of Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Reykjavík and Reykjavík districts.

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Ice Super Truck adventure for a day

This adventurous one-day super truck tour takes you to the South coast with an added glacier activity. 

The day starts off with a visit to one of Iceland’s most famous and fascinating waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here you can walk behind the falling water and experience something different.  But you need to be careful as the trail is narrow and most of the time a bit slippery.  Extra caution is required during winter, and proper footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for a good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round.

Southern Region in Iceland
Ice cave

Natural wonders, ice cave, icberg lagoon, northern lights

The south coast of Iceland is the home of some stunning natural wonders and spectacular places to visit.  This tour highlights the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón, the Diamond beach, a visit to an actual Ice cave, and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.  As evening approaches on our way back to Reykjavík, we start looking for the Northern light’s and make a stop if we spot a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.

 

South Region in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group

Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.  If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions.  Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.

Reykjavík
2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik

Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights.  This tour will take you to see this spectacular phenomenon near Reykjavík. We bring you away from the city lights to a place where the likelihood of a spotting Aurora Borealis increases even further. The destination varies, of course, depending on cloud cover, clear skies, aurora strength and likelihood of a sighting.  Visitors should be aware that although the tour endeavors to show the northern lights to as many of our guests as possible, seeing them is not guaranteed.  In winter weather always plays a large part in Iceland.

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