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The Capital Area


The Reykjavík Capital Area is the country's largest and most populated city and currently home to 232.070 people (2019), that's two-thirds of the entire Icelandic population!

Not a lot of foreign travelers are aware that the capital area is combined by 6 different municipalities. These municipalities are Kópavogur, Hafnafjörður, Garðabær, Mosfellsbær, and Seltjarnarnes. Although each town has their own administration, they co-operate on things like transport and that keeps them all well connected. 

 

Kópavogur - Culture Hill

Welcome to Reykjavík Culture Hill, the easy way to experience culture and nature all in one stop. Conveniently located at the Hamraborg bus stop, the hill includes five unique cultural attractions within walking distance.

Hafnarfjörður - Harbour Village

Get off the beaten track and take bus number 1 from downtown Reykjavík for 20 minutes to Hafnarfjörður. Harbour Village is perfect to explore on foot, with free museums, curious little jewellers, cafés, boutiques and galleries.

 

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Mosfellsbær - Mountain Borough

With outdoor activities as its greatest attraction, get ready for a journey of beautiful hikes in diverse landscapes, historic sites, wool shopping and more, all within the Mountain Borough area.

 

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Seltjarnarnes - Point Panorama

Just a few minutes from downtown Reykjavík you’ll find Point Panorama. Surrounded by the ocean, Seltjarnarnes peninsula draws visitors and locals alike for inspiring walks and thrilling cycling paths with panoramic views of magnificent nature, the mountains and the sea.

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Garðabær - Presidential Peninsula

With its vast wild nature from Heiðmörk Nature Reserve in the east to Álftanes peninsula in the west, it is ideal for outdoor life. Less than 20 minutes from the city center and home to the President of Iceland, the town of Garðabær draws many visitors a year.

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Heiðmörk - Hiking Haven

Get ready for the diverse landscapes and unbelievable lava formations of Heiðmörk Nature Reserve. Enjoy hiking, fishing or horseback riding, walk among the 26 species of trees and spot some of the 60 species of wild birds. Watch the northern lights away from the city lights. You can experience the diversity of Icelandic nature all within the capital.