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.

Explore a wide range of tours of Reykjavik city centre.

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’s...

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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

Laxness is Iceland’s only Nobel Laureate, securing the award for his book Independent People "for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great nar...

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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 of Hveragerd...

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Helgufoss

Helgufoss is a waterfall near the capital of Iceland, located in Mosfellsdalur valley.  Those who rent a car can reach the hike to it in less than ha...

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Helgufoss

Helgufoss is a waterfall near the capital of Iceland, located in Mosfellsdalur valley.  Those who rent a car can reach the hike to it in less than...

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Mosfellsbær

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: OddurBen Mosfellsbær, colloquially known as “The Green Town”, is a town in southwest Iceland, 15 minutes d...

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Esjan

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

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Úlfarsfell

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

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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 west of the c...

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Þerneyjarsund

Þerneyjarsund is a large channel of water between the islands Þerney and Gunnuey.  Þerney island is found in Kollafjörður and is named after the Arct...

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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.  Explore this area while on a ...

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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 bird-watching opport...

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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 reputation for luxury....

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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, the artworks that...

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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 southeastern edge of I...

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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 described i...

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Árbæjarsafn

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

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Elliðaá

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

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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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