Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. The majority of Icelanders live in Reykjavik and the nearby towns of Mosfellsbaer, Seltjarnarnes, Kopavogur, Gardabaer and Hafnarfjordur.
Reykjavik is where the majority of the Icelandic government and official institutions are. The Icelandic Parliament is in Reykjavik, the majority of public service institutions, the main hospital of Iceland, the second largest airport, the University of Iceland, the National Museum of Iceland and much more.
In just two decades, Reykjavik has grown from being almost a small town to a full-fledged city offering shopping malls, exciting nightlife, traffic jams, interesting museums, emerging culture and arts, rock, food and fun festivals and the financial sector of Reykjavik has also grown enormously.
Reykjavik is a tourist attraction; there is no doubt about that. It has everything visitors might wish for; beautiful nature, interesting museums and exhibitions, great viewpoints, awesome nightlife, first class restaurants and international fast food chains, shopping in shopping malls and small boutiques.
Reykjavik is a relatively safe city and many tourists prefer exploring Reykjavik by walking around. The center of Reykjavik is the financial and government hub for Iceland. The city center offers a variety of small stores, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Nearby is the pond Tjornin, one of Reykjavik’s landmarks and besides the Tjornin is the beautiful park Hljomskalagardurinn.
From the city center lays the main shopping street Laugavegur offering a wide variety of shops, boutiques, cafés and pubs. The side streets from Laugavegur offer an interesting array of specialty boutiques featuring Icelandic arts and crafts. At the head of one of the side streets Skolavordustigur stands the highest church in Iceland Hallgrimskirkja offering magnificent views of Reykjavik.
In the past few years many new hotels and guesthouses have been built in Reykjavik to serve an increasing volume of tourists visiting Iceland.
Covering tourist attractions in Reykjavik in a short text is impossible. You can expect more articles on the tourist attractions in Reykjavik in the coming months.