Reykjavik - The World’s Most Northern Capital City

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Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is also the country's cultural, economic and governmental center. It may get cold during the winter months, but that does not stop people from enjoying the many natural and manmade attractions on offer. Experts believe the city was founded in 870, and was most likely the first permanent Icelandic settlement. However, it did not grow into an urban development until the 18th century. The city received its name, which translates to Smoke Cove, thanks to the steam from the hot springs in the area. It is often called the Bay of Smoke because of the steam surrounding the area.

Location: City on the Seljarnarnes Peninsula

Located on the southern shore of the Faxafloi Bay in southwestern Iceland, the majority of the city lies on the Seljarnarnes peninsula, although some suburban areas spread out beyond the peninsula. Reykjavik Airport, used for domestic flights, is located in the city, and international flights use the Keflavik International Airport, which is about 50 kilometers from the city. The city also has two seaports, one of which is near the city center and used by many cruise ships.

Business: Economic Center of Iceland

As the economic center of Iceland, this city plays a significant role in the overall economy of the country. It is home to many companies and three investment banks. The city and country have been experiencing economic growth over the past decade. The Harpa Concert and Conference Center, a beautiful architectural specimen that received the Mies Van der Rohe award for architecture, makes for a perfect meeting location.

Culture: Learn about Iceland's History

In 1909, the Culture House opened to house the National Library and National Archives, as well as the National Museum and Natural History Museum. A remodel in 2000 created more focus on Icelandic national heritage. The museum now features important Icelandic treasures, including the original manuscripts of the Poetic Edda and the Sagas. The main landmark of the city is the Hallgrimskirkja church, and you can see its tower from anywhere in the city.

Activities: Enjoy geothermal heated Spas, Springs, and Beaches

The volcanic activity in the area has led to geothermal heating, as well as hot springs and warm water. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa not far from the city offering many attractive services. There is also a geothermal beach with beautiful golden sand and warm water, Nauthólsvík. Heiðmörk is a large forest and nature reserve, perfect for hiking, especially in the summer.