Reykjavik, Iceland

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Reykjavik, Iceland

The beginning of January is a cold time of year. It brings to mind snow and hot chocolate and fireplaces…interestingly enough, these are important things year-round in Iceland. But once you get past the cold, once you embrace it, you’ll start to fall in love with this little northern capital in this little rugged island country. Containing 120,000 people (therefore containing 1/3 of Iceland’s population), this is the most northern capital in the whole world! Here, you’ll find little wooden houses, snow-capped mountains and clean air. In fact, it is one of the cleanest, greenest and safest cities worldwide. Supposedly established in 870 AD, it wasn’t much of a city until it was founded in 1786 as a trading outpost. Despite its growth over recent centuries, Reykjavik is far from the hustle-and-bustle you find in most capital cities – instead, it is a relatively relaxed, chill and happy place. Even if it is a bit chilly and sometimes a little (okay very) dark. But Iceland wouldn’t be Iceland without a little of both !

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3 thoughts on “Reykjavik, Iceland

  1. Awesome post, but I think that Longyearbyen in Svalbard is the most northern capital in the world.

    • Thank you!!

      Reykjavik is the northernmost capital of an independent nation.

      However, Longyearbyen is the northernmost city with a permanent settlement. But since Svalbard is an unincorporated part of Norway, technically, it’s only the capital of this archipelago and not an independent country.

      I’d love to visit one day!! It looks beautiful. It’s just a bit hard to get to…

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