Reykjavik’s greater area population of 200,000 is about 60% if the total population of Iceland. Reykjavik is also the world’s northernmost capital city.
For Sun Lovers and Haters
Winters in Reykjavik are a “vampire’s delight,’ with just about two hours of sunlight a day in December… Whereas the summer months get as much as 24 hours of sunlight a day!
Unesco City of Literature
Reykjavik is the first non-native English-speaking city to receive the title. Icelanders have a literacy rate of 100%, therefore, look forward to the intellectual conversations.
The Infamous Night Life
The perfect city for caffeine lovers and insomniacs alike. Reykjavik is full of countless cafes, pubs, bars, and clubs that are often open quite late, so it is not uncommon to spend all night out of town.
13 Yule Lads (the Icelandic equivalent of Santa Clause) come to town bearing food and gifts, from the evening of December 1 until Christmas Eve. When all children in Iceland place their best shoe by their bedroom window each night before they go to sleep. If they have been good that day, they receive a special treat in their shoe.
Musician, singer and actress Bjork was born on November 21, 1965, in Reykjavik.
Iceland horses, also known as Iceland ponies, are really big and strong. They are so robust, that they can stay in the fields during wintertime. Enjoy a riding tour of the city!
Since Iceland has a high concentration of volcanoes, geothermal energy is widely used. It is so inexpensive that sidewalks in Reykjavik are heated in the winter!
Hollow steel framing supports the glass dome and walls that link six aluminum-sided tanks, each of which can contain 4 million liters of water averaging 85C (185F), supplying all of Reykjavik with heat and hot water. There is also a rotating fine dining restaurant on top, shopping, and even a museum in on of the cleared-out water tanks.
With 16 pools throughout the greater city, as well as many outdoor “hot pots,” you can go for a warm dip whenever you feel a bit chilly.
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