Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland + the world’s northernmost capital of any sovereign state. Despite having a population of about 200,000; Reykjavik is a small yet impressive place to visit in the land of fire and ice.
Iceland, known for its breathtaking landscapes, volcanoes, hot springs and wool sweaters, is a country founded by Vikings at around 870 AD by Ingólfur Arnarson. The city of Reykjavik was founded in 1786 as an official trading town which over time developed into a center of commerce, population and government. Reykjavik’s name translates to Smoke Cove due the steam that is seen rising from hot springs in the region. Although the city is far north, temperatures can go as low as -5°F and as high as 70°F in the summer. The cold however, is cast aside by their amazing hot spring pools, good food and nightlife.
If all that was not enough to get you to move – Iceland is also one of the cleanest, greenest and richest countries in the world. They also have no standing army but are still members of NATO and their only form of military presence is the Icelandic Coast Guard. As a member of NATO Iceland provides funding for projects or missions and in return is protected further by other member states.
To learn more of the Reykjavik & land of fire and ice visit their homepage here.