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Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland, nearly two-thirds of the population live here or nearby. This is a modern city which grew rapidly in the 20th century but it has quite a history. Ingólfur Arnarson and his wife, Hallveig, came to Iceland from Norway and according to Landnámabók, an Icelandic Saga, Ingólfur founded Reykjavík in 874 AD. The Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavík has actually been built around the remains of a real homestead from this time, it is a fascinating place to visit.
Today about 217 thousand people live in Reykjavík and the capital area but still, Reykjavík is the smallest capital city in Europe. But 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.
Famous Landmarks in Reykjavík
Things to do in Reykjavík
There are some very interesting things to do in Reykjavik. If you want to be a part of local life then the coffee houses and restaurants dotted around the city are great options. However, if you really want to experience life like a local you have simply got to visit one of Reykjavík´s famous swimming pools.
Particularly popular options include Laugardalslaug, Vesturbæjarlaug and the charming pool at Árbæjarlaug, just a short bus ride away. Languish in a hot tub and chat with the locals, who knows who you might rub shoulders with?
Swimming Pools in Reykjavík
One of the things that make Reykjavík special is its many outdoors geothermal swimming pools. If you want to meet the locals in their natural surroundings the pool is the place to go, because the pool is where we go to meet our friends, spend time with the family, talk about politics and this also a great place for a first date. The abundance of geothermal water in Reykjavík and vicinity makes this possible for us to enjoy all year round.
Music and Arts in Reykjavík
There is the fabulous modern concert hall, Harpa, plus many museums and art galleries. You must not miss the artisan shops on Laugavegur, Reyjavík´s famous main street. More charming shops, restaurants and coffee shops can be found on Skólavörðustígur which will bring you to Reykjavík´s iconic white church, Hallgrímskirkja. For a bird´s eye view of Reykjavík take the elevator to the top of the tower.
We recommend the Reykjavík City Card if you are going to spend some time Reykjavík. The Card gives you free admission to swimming pools and museums, to name a few.
If you want to go a bit out of the city center we urge you to do it by foot, because there are some great walking and running paths all around town.
Tours from Reykjavík
Nearly all of the tours operating in Iceland start and finish in Reykjavík – Reykjavík tours offer so many interesting and exciting possibilities to visitors. Whether you want to see the Golden Circle, enjoy white water rafting, dive in Silfra fissure, walk on a glacier, climb an ice wall, enjoy a South Shore Adventure or to do something else Reykjavík has just the tour for you! If you want to enjoy one of the rare tours which does not start in Reykjavík then have no worries. The domestic airport is close by with flights to other parts of the country. Those wings will take where you need to go!