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Reykjavik City

Capital of Iceland

Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland. It is the smallest capital city in Europe and despite its small size it has everything a “proper” capital city should have, vivid night live, museums, great restaurants, lively music scene, theaters, galleries and so much more.



GPS 64.1466° N, 21.9426° W

Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland and nearly two-thirds of the country’s population lives in the capital area. It is a small but modern city with a population of approximately 123,000 while 217,000 people live in the Capital Region, also called the Greater Reykjavík area. Despite its small size, however, it has everything a proper capital city should have: vivid nightlife, a lively music scene, a busy downtown area, modern museums, world-class restaurants, and so much more.

In our detailed guide, you will learn everything that is important and useful for planning your stay in Reykjavík. You will receive a brief overview of the local Viking history just to understand the context and the Nordic atmosphere. You will find a handy collection of the must-see places and must-do activities, including all of the things you can do for free. We have also listed a bunch of helpful recommendations on where to eat and drink in the capital area. Let us guide you around our lovely capital city of Reykjavík!


Fun Facts

  • Reykjavík is the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
  • It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.
  • The first permanent settlement in Iceland was in Reykjavík in 874 AD.
  • The word Reykjavík translates literally as “smoky bay”. The name refers to the steam that used to rise from the hot springs and geothermal vents.
  • 64% of all Icelanders live in the capital area.
  • Reykjavík is the only Western European capital without a Starbucks or a McDonald’s.
  • Reykjavík is the only capital city in the world that is home to a puffin colony.
  • Dogs were banned in Reykjavík from 1924 to 1984.
  • As a consequence of the dog ban, Reykjavík is still a mostly cat city.
  • There is a penis museum in Reykjavík called the Icelandic Phallological Museum.

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TOURS IN DOWNTOWN REYKJAVIK

We offer fun and exciting ways to experience Reykjavik like a local. Have a look at our selective tours for more information.



AIRPORT TRANSFER

Book your bus transfer from Keflavík International Airport to designated bus stops, selected hotels & guesthouses in Reykjavík and vice versa.



POPULAR DAY TOURS WITH REYKJAVIK PICK-UP

These are some of our most popular day tours. Reykjavík pick-up is included.



POPULAR MULTI-DAY TOURS WITH REYKJAVIK PICK-UP

These are some of our most popular multi-day tours with a Reykjavík pick-up.