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Reykjavík has been described as a young and daring city that is characterised by strong contrasts. Conveniently small, clean and safe, it is more or less free from the major problems that haunt many other capitals. 

Reykjavík sometimes feels like a cosmopolitan capital and a tiny seaside village--all wrapped up in one. But Reykjavik has the best of both worlds: the qualities of a modern, forward-looking society complemented by a close connection to Iceland's beautiful and unspoilt nature.

Actually, the former slogan of the city used to be "Next Door to Nature"--which is certainly true. The forces of nature are all around, in the abundance of geothermal energy sources, the lava fields, the volcanoes, the waterfalls, the hot springs and geysers, green pastures and so on. 

The thermal water is also used for numerous luxurious spa and swimming pool facilities. The people of Reykjavik, ever the optimists, have even created a thermal beach, Nauthólsvík, just 15 minutes walk from the city center, which is very popular with sunbathers in the summer. 

City events are also becoming more frequent, with an annual Winter Lights Festival and the ever-popular Reykjavík Culture Night in August drawing thousands of visitors to the city. 

The downtown nightlife has become legendary and the art scene is vibrant throughout the year, especially in the winter time, with an incredible number of art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, etc. There is a lot of cultural energy in Reykjavik. 

Owing to these many different forces, both cultural and natural, the capital city of Iceland has been given a new slogan: "Reykjavík  - Pure Energy".


Adalstraeti 2
101 Reykjavik
Tel: 590 1500
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