Iceland is a sparsely populated island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Apart from being Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik enjoys two distinctions: Despite being located in southwestern Iceland (southeastern shore of Faxa Bay in the Seltjarnar Peninsula), Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. It is also one of the few cities where one can experience the midnight sun, meaning that the city experiences nearly 24 hours of daylight during the summer months.
The city of Reykjavik is believed to have been founded in 874 by Ingslfur Arnarson as a small fishing hamlet. It is only by the end of the 18th century, that the city developed into a major urban settlement. It is now one of the cleanest, greenest, and culturally rich capital cities of the world.
The name Reykjavik translates into “bay of smokes.” It is a reference to the hot water springs that exist near the city. Apart from these hot springs, the National Museum, the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Hallgrmmskirkja church, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the Old Harbor are among its top attractions. Reykjavik is one of the popular places for those who wish to view the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights but do not want to miss the comforts of city life. Reykjavik is full of open spaces and parks, and also enjoys numerous restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and concert halls; a testimony to the vibrancy and spirit of the city and its people.