Capital City of Iceland:
0,4 Million (2019)
IKR = Icelandic Króna
Best time to visit Iceland
May to September to avoid the dark and cold, or December to February to see Iceland at its iciest.
Top things to see
- A breaching whale and curious dolphins on a whale-watching cruise from Húsavik.
- The smouldering volcanic wastelands of Krafla.
- The peaks and glaciers (and waterfalls and twisted birch woods) of Skaftafell.
- Thousand of puffins chicks taking flight every August from Vestmannaeyjar.
Top things to do
- Join the limitless nightlife in Reykjavik.
- Breathe cool, pure air while luxuriating in hot water at the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik.
- Explore the fjords on a kayaking trip under the midnight sun.
- Wait for water to shoot up at Geysir, the original hot-water spout after which all other geysers are named.
- Photograph the Jökulsárlón glacial lake filled with icebergs.
- Whiz across the ice fields at Myrdalsjökull in a dog sled.
The capital of Iceland cannot be compared to any other European city. Reykjavík (“Smoked Bay”) is not only the northernmost capital in the world, it is also one of the youngest, because it was only founded in the late 19th century.
Modern Reykjavík spreads eastwards from the old town and attracts with numerous sights, including Hallgrímskirkja, an imposing church, the shape of which is said to be reminiscent of the Icelandic landscape.
Traditional Icelandic Food
- Harðfiskur (air-dried haddock)
- Pönnukökur (pancake)
- Kaffi (coffee)
- Islandic beer
- Brennivin (“burnt wine”, schnapps made from potatoes and with caraway seeds)
Most popular Festivals in Iceland
- Culture Night or ‘Menningarnótt’: a one-day festival taking place in Reykjavík, on a Saturday in late August, normally around the 18th-22nd.
- Reykjavík’s Art Festival: this is one of the oldest and most respected art festivals in Europe, being held since 1970 (it takes place every other year in May or June).
- Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) takes place every year from late September into mid-October. The festival lasts for 11 days and shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries.
- If you like food and like having fun, you should head to Reykjavík in early March. The Food and Fun Festival takes place in late February or early March yearly.
Explore Iceland through our blog posts
Iceland´s famous Golden Circle features:
- Thingvellir National Park
- The Geysir
What is Iceland famous for?
- Hot Springs
- Nothern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
- Icelandic horses
I an word
Inspired by Iceland – The official tourism information site
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