Reykjavík, the capital and largest city of Iceland, is the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state, located at 64°08' N latitude. Reykjavík is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants, and is considered as the center of the country’s cultural, economic, and governmental activities. It is also regarded as one of the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.
What to see & do
Places to be visited when in Reykjavik include Perlan, the Sun Voyager, Harpa, National Museum of Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja, Icelandic Phallological Museum, Vikin Maritime Museum, and National Gallery of Iceland, to name a few. Perlan, or The Pearl, is a landmark building that stands at 25.7 meters or 84.3 feet high. Designed originally by Ingimundur Sveinsson, the building is up on the Öskjuhlíð hill, and has been the home of hot water storage tanks for decades. Perlan has around 10,000 cubic meters of exhibition space on its ground floor, also referred to as the Winter Garden. It also has a viewing deck on the fourth floor, with telescopes on each of the six corners of the deck. The National Gallery of Iceland is the home of a collection that showcases artwork of famous Icelandic artists. Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran parish church, is considered the sixth tallest architectural structure in all of Iceland. The church has been named after Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. Other destinations also include Tjörnin, Austurvöllur, Klambratún, Viðey, Alþingi, Imagine Peace Tower, Reykjavík City Museum, Volcano House, National Theatre of Iceland, and Reykjavík City Theatre. Activities and festivals within the city include Culture Night, Gay Pride, and Reykjavík International Film Festival.
How to get around within Reykjavik
Iceland’s Reykjavik can be explored by bus and taxi. Strætó refers to the city’s public bus system. The buses are reliable and mostly hygienic. The main bus interchanges within the city are Hlemmur and Lækjartorg; the buses are able to take travelers to any part of the city. Metered taxis within the city are also available. These rides are clean and comfortable, but can be a bit pricey. Taxis accept card payment and fare splitting, and can be called for by phone or at a taxi rank.
How to get there
Keflavik International Airport also referred to as Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport is the hub for airlines such as Icelandair and WOW air. The airport serves the Greater Reykjavik Area with its flights into and out of Vágar, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Geneva, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Boston, Munich, Oslo, Copenhagen, Alicante, Berlin, Billund, and Copenhagen, to name a few, through airlines such as Atlantic Airways, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Icelandair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Scandinavian Airlines, and WOW air. Keflavik International Airport also has seasonal flights to and from destinations such as Hamburg, Nuuk, Vienna, New York, Zürich, Cologne, Akureyri, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome, in addition to many, via Air Berlin, Air Greenland, Austrian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Edelweiss Air, Germanwings, Icelandair operated by Air Iceland, Lufthansa, Niki, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Transavia.com France, and Vueling. Charter flights to and from Ljubljana, Milan, Antalya, Dublin, Trondheim, Chania, and Manchester are also available through Adria Airways, Alitalia, Corendon Airlines, Icelandair, Jet Time, Primera Air, and Thomson Airways.
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