Information about Capital Region

Reykjavík is the most populous part of the Capital Region

The Capital Region refers to Reykjavík and its bordering towns. It holds well over half of the country’s population, in spite of taking up less than 1% of the country’s landmass.

The towns surrounding the capital are Kópavogur, Hafnafjörður, Garðabær, Mosfellsbær, Seltjarnarnes and Kjósarhreppur. Combined with Reykjavík city itself, these municipalities account for around 220,000 people, with the capital itself containing around 124,000 people.

Although each area is its own municipality, they cooperate on issues like transport, and by doing so, keep the region well connected. Buses, for example, run between them several times a day.

Each area has its own appeal. Hafnafjörður, for example, is a hotbed of folklore and superstition, with a beautiful harbour; Seltjarnarnes, meanwhile, is best known for its abundant birdlife and lighthouse, and Mosfellsbær has beautiful nature and a fascinating literary history.

All have excellent services, places for leisure such as swimming pools and museums, and a wealth of accommodation options.

Services near Capital Region

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Capital Region

Mosfellsdalur

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Stig Nygaard. Mosfellsdalur is a valley, located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Iceland&rs...

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Laxnes

Laxnes is a farm in Mosfellsdalur Valley. Nobel author Halldor Laxness was partly brought up here and adopted the farm's name as his surname. Lax...

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Gljufrasteinn

“Whoever doesn't live in poetry cannot survive here on earth.” These are the words of the late Halldór Kiljan Laxness, a 1955 N...

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Varmá

Photo from: Sea Trout, Char and Salmon | River Fishing Day Tour Varmá ('Warm River') is a small river located just near the town ...

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Mosfellsbær

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: OddurBen Mosfellsbær, colloquially known as “The Green Town”, is a town in southwes...

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Úlfarsfell

Úlfarsfell is a mountain about twelve kilometres (seven miles) Reykjavík. It stands at 296 metres (971 feet) tall. Úlfarsfell ...

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Hafravatn

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Philipp Weigell Hafravatn is a lake on the outskirts of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, in the ...

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Esjan

The flat-topped mountain Esja, often called Esjan, is Iceland’s most popular destination for day hiking. It is situated in Kjalarnes in the so...

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Þerneyjarsund

Þerneyjarsund is a large channel of water between the islands Þerney and Gunnuey.  Þerney island is found in Ko...

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Skalafell

Photo From: Skíðasvæðin - Bláfjöll & Skálafell Facebook.  Skálafell is a volcanic mounta...

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Móskarðshnjúkar

Móskarðshnjúkar is a mountain and popular hiking route, situated in the south-west corner of Iceland next to Mt. Esja.  The mo...

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Lundey

Lundey, otherwise known as ‘Puffin Island’, is a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Reykjavík, known for its incredible b...

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Hólmsheiði

Hólmsheiði is a prison just outside of Reykjavík, known for its long-term rehabilitation facilities for women, as well as its reputa...

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Viðey

Viðey is an island just off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city. It is a popular destination due to its natural beauty, ...

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Rauðhólar

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: TommyZ The Rauðhólar ("The Red Hills") is what is left of a group of pseudocraters on the s...

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Imagine Peace Tower

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from Yoko Ono, located on the island of Viðey, just off the coast of Reykjavík. She ...

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Árbæjarsafn

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Ymblanter. Árbæjarsafn is an open-air museum in Reykjavík dedicated to providing guests...

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Elliðaá

  Ellidaa is a river inside the Reykjavik area. Its source are two smaller rivers in the Blafjoll mountain range and the Hengill area that flow ...

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Laugardalur

Photo from Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir Laugardalur, or ‘the hot spring valley’, is an area in Reykjavík bes...

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Valshamar

Valshamar is a vertical cliff in Hvalfjordur in Southwest Iceland, highly popular for rock climbing. The cliff is bolted and offers many great routes...

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Tours near Capital Region

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself eight days and 7 nights in the land of ice and fire. This road trip......

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Northern Lights Boat Cruise from Reykjavik

See the Northern Lights from the open waters of Faxaflói Bay, on this boat cruise that sets out......

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4 Day Winter Vacation | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

Book this city break package and have a wonderful vacation in Iceland! The moment you arrive,......

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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Book this self-drive tour and visit Iceland's most famous attractions, including the Blue......

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Whales & Puffins | Combo Tour from Reykjavik Harbour

Join this budget-friendly combo of both whale watching and puffin watching from Reykjavík......

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5 Day Family-Friendly Winter Package | Golden Circle, South Coast, Reykjavik & Blue Lagoon

Experience Iceland in a fun and easy way with this 5-day family friendly all-in-one package.......

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Sea Angling Trip from Reykjavik Harbour

Reel in your travel experience in Iceland by embarking on a sea angling adventure from......

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Sea Angling Experience | From Reykjavík

Reel in your excitement and join this sea angling tour setting out from the heart of......

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Meet the Icelandic Horse | Hafnarfjordur Horse Farm Visit

Meet the friendly Icelandic horse on this short and affordable tour to a local horse farm, where......

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Leidarendi Lava Cave Exploration

Step inside a naturally formed lava tunnel on this caving adventure from Reykjavík City. If you......

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6 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland

Drive the whole circle around Iceland in only six days. If you don't have much time but......

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Perlan Museum Glacier & Ice Cave Exhibition

Discover a frosty wonderland inside Reykjavík city with an ice cave exhibition at Perlan Museum.......

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Whale Watching & Horse Riding | Day-Tour from Reykjavik

Get to know the most majestic animals of Iceland on this combination tour of horse riding and......

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6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Snaefellsnes & The Golden Circle

Choose this self-drive tour of the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in winter, when all is clean......

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New Year's Eve Firework Cruise

Jump aboard this boat cruise to obtain the best possible view of Reykjavík's famous fireworks on......

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Reykjavik City Helicopter Tour with Mountain Top Landing

Break out of the city limits with this thrilling helicopter sightseeing tour over the......

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Horse Riding & Northern Lights Hunting by Boat

Embark on this double winter excursion and go horse riding in Iceland, before setting sail to......

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Reykjavik City Helicopter Tour

Explore Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, from an entirely fresh perspective, flying high above the......

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Volcano Show & Geological Exhibition

Come and learn about the captivating nature of Iceland's mighty volcanoes and the country's......

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Whale Watching & Reykjavik Grand Excursion

Join this unmatched excursion of whale watching and Reykjavík sightseeing. This tour is perfect......

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Greenland Sailing | 10-Day Photography Workshop

Capture the majestic sceneries of Greenland on this 10-day photo expedition, from Reykjavík to......

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Imagine Peace & Northern Lights on Videy Island

Enjoy an evening on the peaceful and serene island of Viðey, just off the coast of Reykjavík, on......

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Whale Watching & ATV Tour from Reykjavik

Jump on this tour and combine speed on land with action on the high seas. This whale watching......

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Night Time Free Dive at Silfra Fissure

Swim like a fish through the crystal clear waters of Silfra Fissure, in Þingvellir National......

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Reykjavik City Private Helicopter Tour

Get to know the city of Reykjavík from an entirely new perspective, on this exhilarating and......

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Northern Lights, Black Sand Beaches and a Lobster Feast | Private Tour

Discover the Northern Lights in luxury with this fantastic, private tour hunting down the......

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Private Reykjavik Helicopter Tour with Mountain Top Landing

Own your surroundings with this fantastic private helicopter flight over the charming city of......

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Buggy & Snorkeling Combination Tour

Don’t hesitate to join this exciting combo tour balancing your day between riding a Buggy......

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Buggy & Riverjet Boat Trip in Reykjavik

Hop aboard this brilliant and exciting day tour combining a spot of buggy riding with the......

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