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Skólavörðurholt in the Reykjavík City Center district is a hill that for decades and even centuries was the highest point in the town of Reykjavík.

Hallgrímskirkja church

The Sculpture and Shore Walk is a popular walking path in Reykjavík. If you need to find something to do while in the city this walk is a splendid way to spend a couple of hours enjoying the scenery, looking sculptures and take a refreshing walk by the ocean. It is a fascinating walk at any time, both during the day and also in the evening any time of the year. The walk is not too long, and there are many stops along the way.  And most of the time the view over the fjord Kollafjörður with its islands and the mountain Esja in the background is stunning.

The Sculpture and Shore Walk is a popular walking path in Reykjavík

At Hit Iceland we are always excited when a new restaurant opens in Reykjavík. The restaurant flora and variety in quality food are fast approaching the best any city in the world can offer.  Now we must remember that Reykjavik measured in population is just a small town.  But on many other scales, like the number of quality restaurants, it is a large city.  This is because Reykjavík is a small town with a large city ego; a small town girl with a big city attitude.  This is such a wonderful thing for us living in the city as we have access to things only available in big cities.

The head chef Hákon is a renowned Icelandic chef

Everything about the sculpture Sun Voyager is fascinating.  The Artist Jón Gunnar Árnason was a mechanic who left a successful career as a mechanic in his early career to become an artist.  As an artist, he was a pioneer and a philosopher with a vision. In his life nothing had a higher priority than art. He is considered by many to be one of Iceland's most remarkable sculptor and artists. Jón Gunnar was born in 1931 and passed away in 1989 only 58 years old.

Solfar is not a Viking ship but a dream machine

Time is relative when it comes to the term morning in Iceland. That is if morning refers to the time when it gets bright. In the winter morning can drag on until ten or sometimes depend on the weather, eleven. If it is cloudy and thick darkens seems to stay on forever. But in the summertime, we end up having brightness the whole night and Mr. Morning has no idea when he is supposed to enter the day.  We are now approaching that time with all is joy and wonders.

The WOW Cyclothon Race is held on June 15th to June 17th

 

Reykjavik is the birthplace of Iceland. According to written sources from the 13th century, it is the place of settlement of Ingólfur Arnarson; often referred to as the man who found Iceland. Archeological research has confirmed that already in the ninth century a Viking village existed where Reykjavík is now. The result of the study can be viewed at an exhibition in Aðalstræti.

Reykjavík City Center is also the center of government in Iceland and much more

The Reykjavík city center district is the center of government, culture, and commerce in Iceland. In the city center, there are many government buildings and institutions, both for the Icelandic government and the city. The most prominent building is, of course, the Icelandic parliament by the tiny park Austurvöllur. When the parliament is in session, a flag is waving one the building. When the public is offended Icelanders flock in front of this building to demonstrate and demand changes.  It is in a way an icon of our precious democracy.  Other impressive buildings are the offices of the prime minister, formerly a prison from the 18th century, the city hall, the main church and the marvelous modern music and conference hall Harpa with outer walls designed by the Danish / Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson.

Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur are two streets you must know and see in Reykjavík

The city center is crowded with restaurants and coffee houses. At the city pond, there is the great sculpture “In memory of the anonymous official” by Magnús Tómasson, facing The city hall. To the south of the core center and the pound are the main buildings of the University of Iceland. The Reykjavík airport is also in the district of the city center. From the center towards the east is the main shopping street, Laugavegur initially leading to the hot springs of Laugardalur where the people in Reykjavík would take the laundry for washing.
From Laugavegur is a turn to Skólavörðustígur leading to the big church, Hallgrímskirkja, on the hill is Skólavörðuholt. The street is the home of fantastic design shops, galleries, cafés, restaurants, small stores and artist shops. From the tower of the church Hallgrímskrikja, the view is excellent. In front of the church is a statue of Leif the Lucky the man who we claim discoverer of America, by the American sculptor Alexander S. Calder.

All the old marvelous houses we managed to preserve in the City Center in Reykjavík

Alongside Laugavegur is Hverfisgata, with the old museums house, with standing exhibitions of Icelandic culture and the National Theater, an impressive design by Iceland's most prominent architect Guðjón Samúelsson. The city center is also a great place to live, and understandably most of the houses are old since this is the first district built in Reykjavík. Since other districts didn't start to develop until the twenties and the thirties, the district of the city center is the heart of Reykjavík.

For the residents of the city center, Reykjavík provides good service, like preschool, primary and secondary schools, college and other educational institutions. There is a beautiful old indoor swimming pool built almost a century ago, currently under renovation with a long-awaited outdoor swimming pool to be added. People who live in the city center, the district is considered to the best and most attractive place to live in Iceland today.

Reykjavík Iceland map of City Center (Miðbær) district

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 City Center.

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. 

There are ten districts in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.

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.

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 City Capital of Iceland

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.