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. 

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