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The world's northernmost capital Review with images

AdvantagesUnusual but welcoming and safe holiday destination

DisadvantagesSlightly expensive

"...in the capital city, Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world, and is also the smallest capital city in Europe, but then Iceland itself doesn't have the largest population either. Greater Reykjavik has a population of just over 200,000 people, which is two thirds of the population of the country as a whole. A small island to the north west of Britain, it does tend to get overlooked when concentrating on mainland Europe, but from ..." Read review
26.09.2011

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Community Level 5sonic020

sonic020

Reykjavik: Cold Weather and Hot Springs

AdvantagesBeatiful, crowd-free, unspoiled

DisadvantagesCold (just wrap up warm) and expensive

"...edge of the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik sits on the south west coast of Iceland, oh so many miles north of Scotland in the north Atlantic Ocean. It is rapidly increasing in size, mostly from people migrating here from other parts of the country. Iceland is very sparsely populated, two thirds of a total of only 300,000 Icelanders live in the Reykjavik area. This was one of the most striking aspects of our visit to me, the fact that there are just so few ..." Read review
03.11.2007

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Community Level 8Collingwoo...

Collingwood21

Northern Exposure

AdvantagesCool, Cultured, Spectacular natural surroundings

DisadvantagesThe National Museum has been closed all year, Very expensive

"Reykjavik is probably the coolest city in the world - and not just because of its position as the most northerly capital, either. The geographical isolation of the city has given it a virtual license to be different, creative, quirky and ground breaking in many areas, a strangeness that is mirrored perfectly in the surreal natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. But before I plunge onwards with my review, let me just make it clear where I am ..." Read review
12.09.2003

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Community Level 4faithbuck

faithbuck

Expensive but spectacular

Advantagesnice looking, friendly people, cool as anything

DisadvantagesVERY expensive

"I went to Reykjavik for 5 nights in Autumn 1998 with my boyfriend and was well impressed. We had been inspired by seeing a programme about the making of Bjork's Homogenic album, which musically seems to sum up the atmosphere of Iceland. We got a package deal with flights and hotel (with breakfast) for about £500 each, which was fairly cheap. We stayed at Hotel Reykjavik (the smaller, second branch) which was clean, friendly, comfortable, nice big ..." Read review
21.08.2001

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Community Level 2elmhurstgb

elmhurstgb

Capital of Cool

AdvantagesUnique and exciting city

DisadvantagesIt is very expensive

"The area surrounding Reykjavik is one of the most astounding and beautiful locations in Europe. By touring the route known as the Golden Circle it is possible to see stunning scenery, active gysers and inactive volcanos. You can see the location where America and Europe are literally being pulled apart and the land is sinking by several centimetres a year as a result. You can visit fantastic waterfalls where the water flows directly from a distant ..." Read review
23.02.2001

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The most overrated capital city?

AdvantagesUnique music scene, capital city of an interesting country

DisadvantagesBland and expensive

"...a lot of immigrants in Reykjavik which ensured that the shop was filled with decent foreign beer as opposed to the Icelandic water! There's nothing in the way of natural wonders in comparison to the rest of the country but one wouldn't really expect that from a capital city. Instead, you will find suburbs with wide roads and enormous jeeps often with personal number plates (with only 300,000 Icelanders - it's easy not to clash!) such as the humorous ..." Read review
26.09.2011

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Community Level 1littleelf

littleelf

Iceland. Fantastic!

Advantages Sight seeing, Warm welcome, Relaxing

Disadvantages Shopping

"...Kefvlavik to our hotel in Reykjavik and trust me you need a road map and a good navigator on entering Reykjavik for the first time although the roads even in rush hour are quiet compared to England. A warm welcome from hotel staff and as we were self catering our first job was to find a supermarket. This was our first experience of the high prices. I can recommend 'Bonus' which was the best prices although not exactly 'Asda price'. Our flight had ..." Read review
17.03.2007

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Community Level 4siany

siany

Icey Cold

Advantagesmagical

Disadvantagesvery expensive

"...was decided upon a trip to Reykjavik in December. This may seem as a bad idea at this time at the peak of winter, but suprisingly at this time of year the temperature is a few degrees warmer than here.The trip began from Glasgow airport with Icelandair. As flights go the 2 hours and 30 minutes went very quickly with onflight food giving an idea of the type of food to be expected,lots of fish! although seeing as all plane food tastes bad we were still ..." Read review
13.02.2003

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Community Level 2emmalily

emmalily

magic lights!

Advantagesabsolutely unique

Disadvantagesexpensive

"I went to Reykjavik out of curiosity. I wanted to see what such an isolated and small capital city was like, I wanted know what it was like when it stayed dark until 11am and I wanted to know if it was true that baby puffin is a local delicacy! A drive from the airport to the city in January takes you on a route through barren barren landscape, hardly a tree to be seen. It is breathtaking rather than dull though and a good introduction of what ..." Read review
14.04.2004

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Community Level 1pennyg

pennyg

Cool capital

AdvantagesUnusual destination, great scenery

DisadvantagesVery expensive to eat and drink

"...it's very chic to visit Reykjavik these days, but it was simple curiosity that attracted me to a 3-night break in the city. The promise of geysers and waterfalls was enticing, and the deal was pretty cheap (arranged via the Guardian newspaper). The reality? Reykjavik is well worth a visit, but it might not quite conform to all your expectations. For a start, it's a very small city. Iceland's population is tiny anyway, but its capital (though by far ..." Read review
04.08.2000

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Community Level 2polarbear

polarbear

GEYSERS!!

AdvantagesEASY TO SEE IT ALL

Disadvantages

"Reykjavik is a place to experience rather than just admire. It is a small city with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. It has natural open spaces, traditional old buildings and exciting new ones. Virtually all this can be seen by walking. The central church in Reykjavik is the stone-built Domkirkjan Cathedral that was consecrated in 1796. However the high tower, which can be seen in the city, belongs to Hallgrimskirka Cathedral. The parliament ..." Read review
18.10.2000

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Community Level 2polarbear

polarbear

GEYSERS!!

AdvantagesEASY TO SEE IT ALL

DisadvantagesA LONG WAY TO GO

"Reykjavik is a place to experience rather than just admire. It is a small city with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. It has natural open spaces, traditional old buildings and exciting new ones. Virtually all this can be seen by walking. The central church in Reykjavik is the stone-built Domkirkjan Cathedral that was consecrated in 1796. However the high tower, which can be seen in the city, belongs to Hallgrimskirka Cathedral. The parliament ..." Read review
18.10.2000

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Community Level 2elegantlyw...

elegantlywasted

what a place!

Advantagesscenery like nowhere else

Disadvantagesthe price of beer!

"What started out as a cheap mini break turned into 5 days in Rekyavik but what the hell slap it on the credit card. Short flight from Glasgow on Icelandair - pleasant flight. Stayed at City Hotel which was walking distance from the city centre, quiet B&B type hotel, rooms were small but comfortable, good breakfast mainly continental, the main advantage of this hotel was its location, all the other choices seemed to be large chain hotels on the outskirts ..." Read review
13.10.2004

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Community Level 1DanialJones

DanialJones

Reykjavik

AdvantagesGreat Value, wonderful winter feel

DisadvantagesIt can be cold!

"You may think that Reyjavik, capital city of Iceland, is suitable only for a summer visit. Yet the city has a magic even in the winter months. Sure it snows a lots, but it is mostly a gentle, christmas snow that adds to the charm of an aalready beautiful city. Just imagine relaxing in warm lagoons cut into the side of hills, or drinking a beer in the snow, whilst enjoying a warming jaccuzi. What's more flights to Iceland (with the national carrier ..." Read review
05.10.2000

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Earth. Just over a hundred thousand people live in
this the northernmost of all cities that is
sometimes referred to as Iceland's 'Smokey Bay'.
The Hallgrims Kirkja is one of Reykjavik's main
landmarks, a Neo Gothic church that was built
between 1945 and 1986. It was named after a famous
religious minister and poet of the 17th century,
Hallgímur Pétursson. Both its design and large
dimensions are impressive. Tjörnin is located in
the centre of the city, a wonderful small lake
surrounded by spacious parks and the new City Hall
is also located there. Krists Kirkja is the city's
main Catholic church and in 1989 the Pope preached
within its walls marking the first visit of the
Pontificate to Iceland. Narrow elegant bridges
span across the splendid ponds of the Botanical
Garden, a popular destination for the inhabitants
of Reykjavik. However, small forests of conifers
are the only real sign of nature on this remote
and barren island. Chimneys are a rarity in
Reykjavik. The majority of its houses are heated
by geothermic water. Indeed, many of its pavements
and streets are heated, a convenient asset that
saves much money on snow clearance and makes life
a lot easier for the local population. In Iceland
the summer months are bright but in spring and
autumn there are long periods when there is little
daylight. July is the time of the famous midnight
sun and thanks to the Gulf Stream the island
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summers and quite mild winters. Historic sights,
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