There are ten districts in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. Each district has its characteristics mostly driven from the time the it was developed. Although Reykjavík has been around for a long time, some would even claim that it has been around for centuries, most of the city was built and developed in the 20th century. It that senses it is not a very old city. The first part started as a small village in the city center. When people started to move to Reykjavík from other parts of the land the village started to move to the west side towards and by the shoreline. Like most towns and villages in Iceland, it was the fishing industry that drove the development with new companies and new ways of fishing and processing the fish. Commerce also played an important role. When faced with increasing number of people around and after WW2 the city development moved to the eastern part, where there was enough land to develop. After the city center district and Vesturbær, the West site, had developed the next district was Hlíðar and then Lugardalur and Háaleiti. Most of the newer districts were developed in the late 20th century. You can read about each district and their characteristics and neighborhoods on the links in the left column.