Reykjavik Iceland From Time To Time

Icelanders often give the nickname of their capital area Greater Reykjavik as the smallest capital in the world. If taken literally, this might be true. Even if you are looking for answers on the internet, the results are never the same. But anyway small size is always small.

Reykjavik Municipalities


There are 6 municipalities around Reykjavik, they are:

  • Hafnarfjörður
  • Bessastaðahreppur
  • Garðabær
  • Kópavogur
  • Seltjarnarnes
  • Mosfellsbær

Starting from Kapelluhraun in the south region to the Kjarlarnes district in the northern region is the capital's border. Stretched from the two regions. Actually, there are so many cities that have a larger size than Reykjavik in this world. But, when a city has its own charm and impressive story, then size becomes less important.


As the Capital of Iceland, Reykjavik reflects a broad human life. Functioning as a center of government, preserving culture, hearing artistic life, becoming a heart for the nation and state in the sense of history.

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The city of Reykjavik


The Population


All important and modern activities in Iceland will begin and end in Reykjavik. Over the years, the number of urban residents around Greater Reykjavik tends to increase. Although Reykjavik is part of this region, it is home to 216,940 people out of 337,780 the total population in the country.

This means that in 2018, about 64.22% of the population of Iceland live around the Capital Region. Yes, most of them live in small areas. You can say the population spread is not evenly distributed because of the 103,000 km² there is still plenty of room for many people.

The History


Skúli Magnússon was the person who started the big change for Iceland. He is a government official who established the first industry in any form in this country. Reykjavik was used as the center of its operations in the mid-18th century.

Since that time the urbanization program has run seriously. Whereas before Reykjavik was an ordinary village, there was not much happening there, ordinary life, the economy of the community was only dependent on the agriculture and fisheries sector.

Since that time, Tjörnin has been a place of administrative authority, the pond in downtown Reykjavik. In the past, migration of workers from villages to cities progressed more rapidly when at the end of the 19th-century mechanical fishing boats had become a trend. Even that migration continues to this day. At that time, the original fisheries industry in Iceland continued to grow using trawling operations.

When there was a second WW II, the citizen style was increasingly heading toward modernity. At that time the residents who used to use horses for travel had jumped in driving cars. They also use the phone by exchanging vellum manuscripts quickly. Medieval lifestyle has led to modernization.

Reykjavik Today


At present, the Reykjavik community has developed rapidly towards urban society. The increasing percentage of foreign tourists makes restaurants, hotels, tour guides, car rental companies, more and more. New entertainment continues to emerge in this city. All of that makes Reykjavik more colorful and always fun for anyone in every season. No wonder if tourists who come here continue to grow every year.

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Night at Reykjavik

Did you know about more than thirty years ago alcoholic beverages like beer are illegal drinks? At that time all the bars were closed on Wednesday, the city community was not allowed to raise dogs, and the most boring was that the only TV station in the country was not broadcast throughout July or on Thursday.

Travelers come to enjoy the thrilling nightlife. Where city roads are full of people who are happy and dancing under the midnight sun. They drift in a cheerful atmosphere, dancing all the time like an ancient fertility festival. What an extraordinary sight.

Reykjavik does have a small area. But as a capital, it is able to show that the life of the city continues to develop dynamically. There are cultures that may be hidden and require more attention from travelers. But many new trends have sprung up and made the city more vibrant.

We want to say "Have fun when you arrive in Reykjavik". You can build conversations with the locals, get rid of the burden of mind, enjoy the atmosphere of this city. Maybe you could meet Icelandic musicians like Sigur Rós or Björk at the next coffee shop. You can have a creative spirit through close encounters. Reykjavik is a city that always has interesting stories at all times. Góða skemmtun!

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