Largest Cities in Iceland
Facts about Iceland
Official languages: Icelandic, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Area: 103,000 km²
Population: 308,910 residents
Population density: 3.00 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .is
ISO codes: IS, ISL, 352
The telephone code for Iceland is +354
Iceland is located in the North Atlantic, just south of the Arctic Circle. Iceland is the second largest island nation in Europe after the United Kingdom and the largest volcanic island in the world.
Biggest Cities of Iceland by Population
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. It is the northernmost capital in the world. The name translates as smoke bay, which the city probably owes to the steam from the hot springs around it. With around 120,000 inhabitants, more than a third of all Icelanders live in Reykjavik. If you take the surrounding places with you, 200,000 people live in this part of Iceland. Reykjavik is located in the southwest of Iceland on Faxaflói Bay and below Mount Esja.
There is a lake in the middle of Reykjavik. This is Tjörnin. Translated it means pond. Many water birds swim on the Tjörnin and can be easily observed here. Reykjavik City Hall is right on Tjörnin.
One of the city’s sights is the Hallgrimmskirka. This is a church and at the same time it is the second tallest building in the country. Construction began in 1945 and was not finished until 1986. Its columns are reminiscent of basalt columns, as they are formed during volcanic eruptions and as they can also be found in Iceland. The church tower is almost 75 meters high. It offers great views of the city!
The harpa (harp) is also popular with tourists. It is a concert hall opened in 2011 and is characterized by its unusual architecture. This is because it is clad with glass, which always glows differently depending on how the light shines. This outer skin was designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson.