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Reykjavík is my home-town and the northernmost capital city in the world. It is called Reykjavík (Smoky Bay) as the first Norwegian settler, Ingólfur Arnarson, who arrived here in 874, saw the smoke coming from hot springs in this area and thus the name.
In Iceland there are ca 330.625 inhabitants (give or take a few) and ca 212.000 of us live in the whole Great Reykjavík area. As the city is expanding one cannot really see where Reykjavík ends and other neighbouring towns begin, so we have started calling this area the Reykjavík Capital area or the Great Reykjavík area.
The other towns are Seltjarnarnes (ca 4.322 inhabitants), Mosfellsbær (ca 8.978), Kjalarnes, Kópavogur (ca 31.726), Garðabær (ca 13.872), Álftanes (ca 2.419) and Hafnarfjörður (ca 26.808) and are linked together by one bus-system which is called Strætó . When adding my tips on these neighbouring towns I add them here under Reykjavík (apart from Hafnarfjörður which deserves its own page).
I live in 108 Reykjavík, which is very central.
The official website for Reykjavík is Reykjavík and the official tourist website is Visit Reykjavík.
If you want to go on guided tours around Reykjavík or from Reykjavík, then check out Guide to Iceland, which is the biggest platform of travel services in Iceland, with the largest selection of tours in Iceland and a best price guarantee. There you can find almost everything there is to do in Iceland, plus the cheapest car rentals etc.
The most popular tour from Reykjavík is the Golden Circle afternoon tour.
The second most popular tour from Reykjavík is the the Blue lagoon and Golden Circle tour.
And the most popular tour overall is the winter tour the Cave Tour by Vatnajökull glacier.
And if you want to go on a guided tour of Reykjavík then there are a couple of guided tours around Reykjavík.
This is the view of Western-Reykjavík from Perlan (see my tips on Perlan), in the distances is Hallgrímskirkja, one of the landmarks in Reykjavík, Perlan being the other. I have added some tips on Hallgrímskirkja as well.
The summer in 2010 was the warmest summer ever since thermometry started in 1871. We saw many days with 20 degrees C which was unheard of a when I was younger.
Reyjavík was founded in 1786 and we celebrate its birthday is on the 18th of August.
We are surrounded by the Atlantic-ocean and mountains, Esjan is our most known mountain (see my tip).
If you want to make a daytrip or more out of Reykjavík then there are several agencies which offer daytrips to interesting sights close to Reykjavík - and some not even that close. You can find all these tours on Guide to Iceland.
- In a nutshell:Here is where I was born and grew up :)
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