Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is the country's largest city and the world's most northerly capital. The capital area includes seven municipalities in addition to Reykjavik itself, with a total population of about 180.000, of which about 115.000 live in Reykjavik.
It’s been called Europe’s hottest capital. Slick advertising campaigns have championed the city’s famed nightlife. But there is more to Reykjavik than pubs and clubs. Reykjavik held the prestigious title European City of Culture in the year 2000; a welcome recognition of the energetic and colourful cultural life of the capital.
Reykjavik has the best of both worlds: the qualities of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by a close connection to beautiful and unspoilt nature in the city's vicinity. The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.
The population of the city is about 170,000 including its suburbs.
Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.
Reykjavik is a great place to visit, whether for a restful relaxation, a spot of unbridled fun or generally to recharge your batteries. Energy, safety, health and wellness. Reykjavik is indeed Europe’s hottest (or is that coolest?) capital.