Reykjavik is Iceland’s charismatic capital city. On the country’s eastern coast, nearly two-hundred thousand people reside in the metropolitan area, making it home to roughly two-thirds of Iceland’s total population.
As the world’s northernmost capital, the city sees several months of continuous darkness in winter, and a sun that never sets in summer. But with a charm that never fades and a surprisingly mild climate (all things considered), Reykjavik is as alluring as it is quirky, and is fast becoming a favourite among European and international travellers alike.
Its architecture and history might not be as spectacular as that of other European countries, but a short wander around the city centre always yields a few surprises, and its museums and galleries are as captivating as any. Arty types will get a good dose of international and local talent at The National Gallery of Iceland, while The Culture House and The National Museum offer visitors some insight into the traditions and philosophies behind one of the world’s smallest (but most enchanting) countries. More-noticeable sights around town are City Hall and the impressive Hallgrímskirkja church, but it’s the multi-coloured houses and tiny but distinctive cityscape that’ll win you over.
Yet it isn’t the architecture or history that brings people to the Icelandic capital; it’s the strangely-seductive atmosphere and unique charm. So once you’ve done a good day’s exploring, be sure to go for a dip in one of many thermal pools, get yourself some super-fresh Icelandic fish for dinner, and head on out to experience the (infamous) nightlife.
If what you’re after is a city with a bit of flair, a bit of culture, and a charm you’ll never forget, Reykjavik is sure to do the trick.