Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital city and is by far the largest community in Iceland, with a total population (including the neighbouring towns) of about 200,000, which is about 60% of Iceland’s population of 360,000 people. Despite being a relatively small city Reykjavík has a bit of a metropolitan vibe with a surprising variety of cultural and social happenings as well as an abundance of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. Due to it’s size and population Reykjavík is regarded as a safe city and the downtown area is easily traversed by foot.
It’s a great place for a city break and makes an ideal base of operations for going on day tours of nearby regions such as South Iceland, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or the Westfjords.
What to do in Reykjavík?
You’ll find museums and galleries throughout the city, with presentations ranging from Viking relics to modern art exhibitions. As with the country in general, the city of Reykjavík is one of contrasts. Here, charming historical buildings of stone and wood mingle with imaginative modern architecture such as the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The vast majority of restaurants, clubs, cafés and bars in Reykjavík are located on or around the main shopping street Laugavegur, so no one has to search far to find a venue to his or her taste. This density gives the Reykjavík nightlife a unique feel, and its reputation for liveliness is well deserved—especially during the seemingly endless summer nights.
Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the 25th time on the 22th of August 2020. The event, which is both created and enjoyed by city residents, takes place all across Reykjavík with celebrations in city streets and squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens! The event’s slogan “come on in!” is a reference to those good old fashioned customs of hospitality. With about 100.000 guests Culture Night is the biggest and most popular festival in Iceland. The programme offers a cross-section of all things culture, with a host of events ranging from musical performances to exhibitions of art and architecture, all delivered by the city’s budding talent.
Do Like the Locals
Iceland is well known for it’s geothermal heat that is used for heating, ranging from houses to swimming pools and hot tubs. Reykjavík (meaning ” Smokey Bay” in icelandic) is no exception to this and there no fewer than seventeen geothermally heated swimming pools, and even more hot tubs, within the capital area. Going to the swimming pool and just soaking in the hot tub is a favourite past time of Icelanders.
Click here for info on the most popular geothermal swimming pools in Reykjavík.
Weather in Reykjavík
The average temperature in August in Iceland lurks around 10-15°C (50-59° F). Reykjavík lies approximately 2° below the Arctic Circle, so remember to bring a warm sweater and consider bringing sensible shoes and a jacket.