What is the capital of Iceland?
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is located on the southwestern margin of the island, in Faxaflói Bay, about 250 km south of the Arctic Circle. It is the most populous city in the country, with a population of about 130,000. Reykjavik is the northernmost city of a sovereign state, surpassing even the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, located a few kilometers further north.
Reykjavik’s landscape has been shaped over the ages by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The area is geothermal, which means that the city is surrounded by hot springs and geysers. This is why the city is famous for its geothermal pools and baths, such as the famous Blue Lagoon.
Reykjavik has a rich history and historical sites to visit, such as Adlstræti Street, the oldest street in the city, where you can see buildings dating from the mid-18th century. The city also became the main center of Icelandic independence, hosting the re-establishment of the parliament (the Althing) in 1845, thus becoming the island’s capital.
A pleasant city to live in and visit, Reykjavik has many assets, including its museums, vibrant nightlife, local cuisine, cultural festivals and proximity to natural wonders such as the Northern Lights and the West Icelandic Fjords.