Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and the biggest city in the country. More than 60% of Iceland´s population live in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas, or approximately 200,000 people. The total population of Iceland in 2010 was 318,000 people. Until the 18th century there were only a few houses and Reykjavik did not receive its town charter until 1786.
It is believed that Iceland's first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, settled down in Reykjavik and gave it its name. Reykjavík means "smoky bay," referring to the steam from geothermal hot springs. Natural hot water is used to heat all the houses and buildings in Greater Reykjavík area making the air quality quite good.
Reykjavik is located in the southwest of Iceland. The international airport is located in Keflavik, some 50 kilometers away, but for domestic flights, there is an airport in Reykjavik's city centre.
Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan town with theaters, museums, concert and conference halls, international restaurants and all the amenities one would expect to find in a capital city.