The capital of Iceland is a vibrant city with a small population.
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is a vibrant, modern city with colourful buildings, creative people and interesting, quirky designs. It is the northernmost capital of a sovereign state, just south of the Arctic Circle, with a population of just over 120,000 people. This high northern location means that summer days are long and full of light whereas the days during winter are quite short – great for Northern Lights viewing!
Reykjavik is a small town that is easy to navigate and walk in. It is built around a harbour and the main city centre is comprised of a few main streets. There is an interesting design area to visit and great museums and parks to explore. This is a beautiful city and there are many walking tracks that you can follow, including a circular route around the city and to the nearby beaches. You can also hire bikes at several places around town, available at the main bus stop or down at the harbour.
Be sure to visit the Aurora Reykjavik Museum in the heart of the city. The museum opened in May 2013 and it is Iceland's first educational and recreational Northern Lights Centre. Various multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, and the highlight of the experience is a large HD projection of the Auroras.
Countless day trips and self-drive itineraries are available with Reykjavik as your base. Explore your options and let us know what tickles your fancy!