The Reykjavík Capital Area is Iceland’s largest and most populated city and currently home to 203.594 people, that’s two-thirds of the entire Icelandic population. Although Reykjavik one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it’s a place of exciting possibilities surrounded by incredible landscapes, where countless adventures beckon and a host of natural wonders await.
With almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer, Reykjavík truly becomes the city that never sleeps, where you can enjoy a number of popular summertime activities including whale-watching, horse-back-riding and trips to the many natural wonders nearby.
The midnight sun
During the summer months, Reykjavik also becomes an excellent viewing platform for witnessing one of nature’s most magnificent shows on Earth – the setting of the midnight sun. Be prepared for some awe-inspiring displays, where the skies blaze in super-shades of pink and gold that intensify in those few magic moments before dusk. The sun then remains dipped just below the horizon casting an enchanting spell of glorious, gleaming illumination until it rises again at dawn.
Outdoors in Reykjavik
A quarter of the city area is devoted to open spaces, and the clear-headed feeling you experience from spending a day outdoors in Reykjavík is not easily matched. Reykjavík is a friendly and colourful city, and a walk around the downtown area with its picturesque backdrop of mountains and ocean is a delightful experience. The city has many footpaths, including walking and cycling routes along much of the coastline, through parks and other open areas. The wooded areas of Öskjuhlíð hill and Elliðaárdalur Valley are the perfect surroundings for a peaceful walk, while a stroll along the shoreline paths of Ægisíða or Seltjarnarnes will leave you invigorated.
The perfect way to experience Reykjavík’s healing energy is to visit one of our many thermal pools and spas. Going for a healthy swim is also a great way to spend the afternoon. Catching the latest gossip in the “hot pots” or relaxing in a state-of-the-art spa leaves you with a wonderful sense of wellbeing. If you fancy a dip in the Arctic Ocean, a visit to the thermally heated sandy beach at Nauthólsvík is a great way to spend a sunny day. The Blue Lagoon is only 30 min from Reykjavik and is not to be missed!