Reykjavik

Introduction

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is the country’s biggest city and oozes culture and vibrancy. It is also the heart of Iceland's cultural activity and is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.

Reykjavik and its surrounds are a great destination for those who want to enjoy its beautiful coastline; an Iceland northern lights holiday or used as a base for many of Iceland’s other geothermal and natural wonders.

Believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, Reykjavik is located in south western Iceland, on the southern shore of the Faxaflói Bay.

The Basics

Location: 64°08′N 21°56′W
Population: 121,490
Area: 274.5 km2
Time Zone: GMT + 1

Getting There

There are many flights to and from Iceland all year round. International flights arrive at Keflavík International Airport, just to the south of the city.

There are no railways on Iceland but the city centre does have bus services as well as taxis. Reykjavik also boasts two seaports where many cruise ships dock.

Climate

Despite its name Iceland is not necessarily that cold. Winter temperatures are an average of 3.6°C, and summer temperatures average around 15°C

Geography

Reykjavik and Iceland is world famous for its geology and geography. With huge mountain ranges and an active geothermal country with many geysers, hot springs and volcanic formations to be found – it is a breath-taking landscape for those after an adventure.

Iceland offers some of the best waterfalls in Europe, such as the Dettifoss regarded as the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe.

With a latitude of 64° north, Reykjavik offers a perfect base from which to embark on an Iceland northern lights adventure.

Plants and Animals

Wild horses still roam areas around the city. A third of the island lacks any sort of vegetation which gives the landscape a unique feel. Much of this barren land is covered in ash from recent volcanic eruptions.

There are many species of whale present round the shores of Iceland. Also many species of fish also thrive in the Icelandic waters with diving tours available to discover this underwater world.

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