Reykjavik Area

Cool, quirky, and cutting-edge, Reykjavik will captivate you. The city's enticing combination of jaw-dropping nature just outside its doorstep and cosmopolitan delights is mesmerizing. The greater Reykjavik area has about a total of 60% of Iceland’s population.

Reykjavik, the northernmost capital of the world, boasts a wide array of exciting activities and attractions. Reykjavik is pure, clean and vibrant - creating the perfect settings for a relaxing yet refreshing vacation. The large Reykjavík area is by far the largest municipality in Iceland. 60% of the Iceland's population lives in the Reykjavik area.

What to do in Reykjavik area

Reykjavik’s reputation as a cultural city has grown rapidly. Events related to art, design, music, theater and literature are offered on a daily basis and major festivals taking place throughout the year. Exploring the small city center reveals an abundance of vibrant museums, galleries and craft shops hidden in all corners of the city.

You'll be amazed by the range of restaurants available in Reykjavik and its surrounding areas. The city’s chefs have gained a global reputation. They fuse cuisines of the world with Icelandic ingredients like fresh Atlantic seafood, lamb that has roamed wild and fed on moss and herbs, and locally grown organic vegetables. After dinner, Reykjavik’s legendary nightlife beckons with an eclectic mix of clubs, sophisticated wine bars, cozy pubs and other hangouts of the hip.

Despite the lure of the city, it’s nearly impossible not to feel the closeness of nature. Form your window you glimpse views of the azure-blue ocean under the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights. Mt. Esja, which is just across the bay, looms so close that you can almost reach out and touch her. The city’s plentiful resources of geothermal energy ensure clean air and unpolluted water giving both citizens and visitors a unique sense of liveliness and contentment.

Places to see in Reykjavik area

Major attractions in Reykjavik include the three great landmarks Perlan,  Hallgrimskirkja church and Harpa concert hall.

In the city centre you will also find Iceland's parliament house and Reykjavik city hall. However, if you'd like to pay our charming president a visit, you'll find his residence Bessastadir in the neighboring town of Gardabaer.

For more detailed information about attractions, towns and activities in Reykjavik area be sure to go through our destination guide.

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