Reykjavík

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.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland according to Landnama, the Book of Settlement, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. Ingolfur Arnarson is said to have decided the location of his settlement using a traditional Norse method; he cast his high seat pillars into the ocean when he saw the coastline, then settled where the pillars came to shore, though not many scholars would argue that this romantic story is fully credible. 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 Skuli Magnusson, known as the Father of Reykjavik, established wool workshops at Reykjavik as part of his effort to modernise the Icelandic economy. This led to the beginning of urban development at Reykjavik. The town of Reykjavik received its town charter in 1786 and has grown steadily ever since.

The accommodation options in Reykjavik 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

 

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