Reykjavik is the largest city and capital of Iceland with a population of approximately 120 thousand inhabitants. Its geographical location makes it the northernmost capital of the world, a fact which involves several peculiarities in seasonal periods like summer, when nights have sunlight.
It is considered that the origins of Reykjavik date from the 9thC. and originating from Norwegian settlers who were attracted by the numerous geysers in the area.
There is no record of a great development of what is now Reykjavik until the mid 18thC. when Denmark decided to industrialize the area, resulting in a shipyard, a predominant fishing industry, sulphur extraction and cotton storage.
Industrial activity increased trade and a nationalist movement started to emerge in Reykjavik, then the only city in Iceland, which would eventually become a sovereign state of the Kingdom of Denmark in 1918.
In the twentieth century, in the decades of the 20s and 30s, the city suffered the consequences of the Great Depression and it was not until 1944, thanks to the investments made by the Allies during World War II, Reykjavik recovered economically and transformed into the Republic of Iceland.
Since then, economic development in Reykjavik has been primarily based on the financial sector and information technology.
Bathrooms in geothermal waters are somewhat traditional in Iceland and form a regular part of the lives of practically all of its inhabitants. Most people usually take a bath before going to work. Heiti Potturinn is one of the best groups of hot springs in Reykjavik, with a maximum water temperature of 44 ° C.
Reykjavik Art Museum
Split between three buildings, the Reykjavik Art Museum takes a journey through Icelandic art history, bringing together multiple exhibitions to highlight the nation’s art together, with various events related to contemporary art scene.
Considered the most outstanding architectural work of Reykjavik, this building stands out for its great glass dome that allows full enjoyment of sunlight, the night sky and magnificent panoramic views of the city. In addition inside there is a winter garden and one of the most renowned restaurants in the city, which revolves, allowing diners to enjoy a variety of views.
There is no other church that excels in splendid decoration or great works of art. Hallgrímskirkja church has a particular charm that makes it one of the must-see places in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik has a wide range of really tempting restaurants and culinary curiosities worth trying at many places in Reykjavik, such as the famous hotdog "Pilsur", Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur place, Humarhúsið lobster house or Skyr yogurt.
Reykjavik has many statues along the streets, some of which are a must-see, for example the ones dedicated to Leifur Eiriksson, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Skuli or Jón Sigurðsson.
City Reikiavikcuenta has a great party atmosphere, with many stores where you can spend a good night, but as Icelanders themselves say "the night begins when one goes to sleep" meaning that although parties are usually nocturnal events, in the Icelandic summer ,the sun never sets and so it’s sunny all night!
One particular outstanding feature of Iceland is the splendour of its natural environment, either in the water with whale and dolphin pools, stunning glaciers or spectacular volcanic terrain.
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