The Icelandic republic may have hit the headlines in a big way when it went broke, a casualty of the global downturn, spurred by the fracturing of the world’s financial markets. Yet Icelanders have survived much worse, like a volcanic eruption in the 1700s that destroyed farmland and livestock, causing a nation-wide famine, leading to a mass exodus abroad. So despite the economic doldrums, Reykjavik remains creatively and scenically rich.
It’s a city full of artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers, as well the fishermen who form the backbone of this island nation, not to mention the beautiful Scandinavian men and women who prompted the national airline, Icelandair, to promote the world’s northernmost capital city with the tagline: “Visit Reykjavik for a dirty weekend”. Icelanders have an uncanny ability to constantly regenerate and reinvent themselves, which is why Reykjavik remains one of the world’s top travel destinations, the number of annual tourists now greatly exceeding the country’s total population of 320,137 residents.
Where these visitors once found exorbitant prices upon arrival, the economic sonic boom devalued the Icelandic króna, and what was once one of the most expensive cities has now become a relative bargain. With unrivaled nightlife and unparalleled nature within shouting distance of the capital, plus a peculiar people who never cease striving towards perfection and innovation, there’s never been a better time to visit Reykjavik.
Inhabitants in Iceland:: 320,000
Inhabitants in Reykjavik:: 118,000
Official language: Icelandic
Time zone: GMT
Emergency number: 112
Constitution: Parliamentary Republic
Country phone code: +354
Country code: IS
Local transportation: Bus
|Inhabitants in Iceland:||320,000|
|Inhabitants in Reykjavik:||118,000|
|Country phone code||+354|
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