Reykjavík is by far the largest municipality in Iceland and as well the capital city of the country. The capital area has about a total of 60% of Iceland’s population, which is about 320.000 people.

Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland according to Landnáma, the Book of Settlement, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today, though not many scholars would argue that this romantic story is fully creditble. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Thanks to Royal Treasurer Skúli Magnússon, known as the Father of Reykjavík, established wool workshops at Reykjavík as part of his effort to modernise the Icelandic economy. This led to the beginning of urban development at Reykjavík. The town of Reykjavík received its town charter in 1786 and has steadily grown ever since.

The accommodation options in Reykjavík are very diverse and everything from small hostels to quality hotels. You can choose from multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, and the nightlife in town is always vibrant during weekends. There are also a few shopping malls, a small zoo, many outdoor swimming pools and many other activities.

Population:  203.000

The official website for Reykjavík 



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