Metropolitan Area

"Höfuðborgarsvæðið" means metropolitan area.

It describes the capital region including Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær, Álftanes, Kópavogur, Seltjarnarnes, Mosfellsbær and Kjósarhreppur.

228.231 citizens (Jan. 2019) are living in the Höfuðborgarsvæðið. This is more than 60% of Iceland's population (371.580 estimated 2021).


Vesturland

Vesturland is located north of the metropolitain area including the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west, reaching up to the Westfjords in the north and Langjökull in the east.

Larger villages are Akranes, Borgarnes, Grundarfjörður, Stykkishólmur, Ólafsvík and Búðardalur - Total population approx. 15.700 (Jan. 2008).


You'll find further facts below the pictures.

Reykjavik - World's most northern capital city (64°08 'N) / Population 128.793 (January 2019)

Hallgrímskirkja / built 1945-1986 / Architect Guðjón Samúelsson (1887-1950) / Height 74,5 m

Hallgrímskirkja seen from Bessastaðir

Hallgrimskirkja with statue of Leifur Eiríksson

Háteigskirkja & Tækniskólinn / Protestant Church & Technical College

Dómkirkja & Alþingishúsið / Dome Church & Iceland's Parliament House

Austurvöllur

Locomitve "Minør" (Nr. 129) by the old harbour / in operation 1913-1928 / Manufacturer Arnold Jung (Germany)

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur - Iceland's world famous hotdog stand

Hæstiréttur, Þjóðleikhúsið & Þjóðminjasafn Íslands / Court, Icelandic National Theater & National Museum

Perlan - Glass dome built on six water tanks / five of them each carrying 4 million litres of geothermal hot water

Sólfar / Sun Voyager / Artist: Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931-1989)

Harpa - Tónlistar- og ráðstefnuhúsið í Reykjavík / Concert- and Congresshouse / opened in 2011

Stjórnarráðið / Prime Minister's Office with Hannes Þórður Pétursson Hafstein statue

"HUH!" - European Championship 2016 - Iceland:England - 2:1 - Arnarhóll

Fornbílaklúbbur Íslands / Iceland's Antique Car Club

Geirsgata

At "Höfði" R. Reagan and M. Gorbatschow started ending cold war at "The Reykjavik Summit" (Oct. 1986)

Fischersund

Vesturgata & Ingólfstorg

Vesturgata

Tjörnin (Reykjavik's inlandlake) with townhall to the left

Fríkirkja with angry seagull

Redshank near Bessastaðir

Oystercatcher near Bessastaðir with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

...suddenly takes of...

...and flies towards me screeching!

Bessastaðir - Residence of the icelandic president with Reykjavik in the background

Reykjavík with Mount Keilir / View from Grundarhverfi

Borgarnes at night / Population 2.012 (January 2019)

Borgarnes at the next day

Hvalfjörður

Botnsdalur

Botnssúlur (1.095 m)

Seen from Hringvegur (Ringroad) between Borgafjörður and Hvalfjörður

Eldborg (110 m) / Snæfellsnes

Gerðuberg / Hnappadalur

Hraunlandarif with Snæfellsjökull

Búðir (built in 1848)

Snæfellsjökull (1.446 m)

View from F570

View from F570

F-Road 570

View from F570

Trod / Þorvaldarbúð

Seagulls at Hellissandur coast

Cormorants at Hellissandur coast

Ingjaldshóll / Hellissandur

Stykkishólmur harbour

Grundarfjörður / Population 866 (January 2019)

Grundarfjarðarkirkja in front of Kirkjufell

Kirkjufellsfoss with Kirkjufell (463 m)

West of Kirkjufell

View from Snæfellsnesvegur

Borgarfjarðarbraut / Road 50 near Kleppjárnsreykir

Reykholt - Snorralaug / Snorri Sturluson's hot pot (13th century)

Reykholt school with Snorralaug and Gamla Kirkja

Reykholtskirkja (consecrated 1996, Architect Garðar Halldórsson) - Gamla Kirkjan (built 1885-1887)

Hraunfossar

Barnafoss

River Hvítá and lava field Gráhraun above Barnafoss

Kaldidalur

F550 - Road to Langjökull

Langjökull - West side from Húsafell

MAN KAT 8x8 at Langjökull (West side)

Hägglund BV206 at Langjökull (West side)