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Reykjavík and the Capital Area

Time has another dimension when in Reykjavík. This small cosmopolitan capital is just as much part of the Icelandic experience as the midnight sun or the magical landscapes forged by ice and fire. Its closeness to nature and its vigorous cultural life make Reykjavík the ideal place to visit when in need of some revitalizing and unforgettable experiences.

It’s been called Europe’s hottest capital due to the famed and energetic nightlife. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. This northernmost capital of the world with a population in the capital area of 180,000 is a buzzing cultural city where cosmopolitan currents meet traditional trends. Reykjavík held the title European City of Culture in the year 2000, a welcome recognition of the vibrant cultural life of Reykjavík with its numerous festivals and amazing choice of artistic events. Reykjavík has its roots dating back more than 1100 years and Reykjavík is where one finds some of the most precious medieval literature in the world.

Reykjavík has the best of both worlds; the qualities of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by a close connection to the beautiful and unspoilt nature in the city’s vicinity. Nature is also to be found within the city itself; whether one is in the mood for a spot of midnight golf, horse trekking, whale watching or salmon fishing – there is no need to travel long distances as all these choices and much more are within one’s reach. Adjoining towns of Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður and Mosfellsbær offer complimentary attractions such as the largest shopping mall in Iceland, an annual Viking feast or the unique elf-spotting tours.

Reykjavík is a great place to visit whether for a spot of unbridled fun or generally to recharge one’s batteries. Energy, safety, wellness and fun; these are the key ingredients in the Reykjavík experience. Reykjavík’s plentiful sources of green, geothermal energy ensure clean air and unpolluted water. The city is also free of the major problems that haunt other capitals and so safety and general good quality of life give both Reykjavík’s inhabitants and guests a treasured sense of wellness and contentment.

The geothermal baths in Reykjavík are not to be missed by anyone visiting this friendly city. One of the best ways to meet the people of Reykjavík is to visit the baths, as having a swim or a soak is very much a way of life for Icelanders. Another must for all visitors is dining out on specialities including delicious seafood, ocean fresh from the morning’s catch, highland lamb and unusual varieties of game – purely natural food imaginatively served at the numerous high quality restaurants in Reykjavík.
And the good news for those looking for unbridled fun and an unforgettable night out – the famous Reykjavík nightlife certainly lives up to its reputation.

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