The most important cities in Iceland

Even if Iceland It is proud of its Viking past, has its eyes set on the future and, in fact, Reykjavik, the northernmost capital of Europe, offers anyone who decides to visit nature in its purest form, adventure, music and art of international prestige and a lively and rampant nightlife. Of course, you can also disconnect by immersing yourself in its thermal pools or taking a horseback ride.

But this land located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, is much more than Reykjavik. It is, for example, one of the happiest countries in the world. In addition, you should know that here you can find dozens of volcanoes, spectacular bays and fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, a rare but fascinating gastronomy ... So that you get to know Iceland more deeply, apart from recommending the article we published about their traditionsToday we are going to talk about its main cities, based, as always, on the number of inhabitants. Would you like to join us?


How could it be otherwise, we will start by talking about Reykjavik, the capital and the most populous city in Iceland (about 120 thousand inhabitants). Located in an area where geysers abound, very close to the Arctic Circle, in winter it only receives four hours a day of sunlight, while in summer the nights are as clear as day.


With far fewer inhabitants than the capital, Kópavogur is the second most populous city in Iceland. Specifically, it has a population of 30,000 people. We are talking about a suburb of the Reykjavik metropolitan area. It is known nationally for its offer cultural. Above all, the Gerðarsafn Museum stands out, which exhibits the work of many Icelandic artists.


With just over 20 thousand inhabitants, the city of Hafnarfjörður is located 10 kilometers from the capital, on the country's southwest coast. Specifically, it is located on the wash originated by the Búrfell volcano, yes, more than 7,300 years ago. Every year the Viking festival, which lasts for a week, is held here.


The fourth most populous city in Iceland is Akureyri (around 19 thousand inhabitants). Located on the coast of the Norðurland Eystra region, it has a relatively milder oceanic climate than the rest of the country due to being in a fjord. protected. The Lystigardur Akureyrar Botanical Garden and the church are worth visiting.


With a population of about 14,000 inhabitants, Keflavík is considered to be the fifth most populous city in the country. It is located on the Reykjanes peninsula, about 40 kilometers from the capital. Thanks to Keflavík International Airport, built by the United States in the 1940s, it has become an important destination tourist from the country.


We continue our tour of the most important cities of Iceland in the Höfuðborgarsvæðið region, where we find the sixth most populous urban center in the country, with a population of about 9 thousand inhabitants. It is not only surprising for its surroundings natural, but for its rich historical heritage.


The seventh most populous urban center in Iceland is nothing more than a small town on the west coast. We are referring to Mosfellsbær, which is located in the Höfuðborgarsvæðið region, 17 kilometers from Reykjavik, communicating with it through a tunnel of 5,762 meters in length.


Finally, we have to talk about Akranes, an Icelandic port city with more than 6,500 inhabitants located in the Vesturland region. Predictably, the city will grow in the coming years due to growth industrial and to the improvements in communications with the capital. On the other hand, we want to comment that Akranes has a long soccer tradition.

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Cities of Iceland (January 2022)

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