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Reykjavik (pronounced rei-kah-vik) is the capital and largest city of Iceland, as well as the world's most northern capital. Located in the south west of Iceland along the southern shore of the Faxaflói Bay, the city is a popular tourist destination, as well as the center for Iceland's economic, political, and cultural activity. It was not until the 18th century that the city established urban planning, and in 1786 Reykjavík grew from a trading town to a city over the next few decades, and would gain a reputation as being one of the world's greenest and safest cities. Finding your ideal hotel in Reykjavík can be a challenge, especially if you have a particular budget and expectations. With Venere, you have access to thousands of user submitted hotel reviews, hotel room photo galleries, and a handy Google maps applet to help you find the hotel right for you.

What's Reykjavik Like?

Reykjavik is incredibly cosmopolitan for its size, with sprawling shopping streets and local galleries. Not only that, but the locals are well known for their love of going out at the weekend, so you will find many bars and nightclubs around the city center. For the history buffs, the National Museum of Iceland is a small but interesting place full of local artifacts chronicling Iceland's Viking roots. The same goes for Arbaejarsafn, the open air folk museum, which aims to recreate life from the early days of Iceland's settlement. A unique attraction is Mink Viking Portrait, which allows you to dress up in Viking garb before having your portrait taken. For the shoppers, there are many malls and weekend fleas markets available.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Reykjavik

The city experiences a subpolar oceanic, however temperatures do not often drop too low due to the presence of the warm Gulf Stream around the coastal area. That being said, the Summer months of June to July rarely see temperatures rise higher than 14°C, however it has been known to reach 24°C on occasion. The locals speak Icelandic, which is closely related to Norwegian and Faroese, however most people will speak English partly because of the many English speak tourists that visit every year, so you can get by without having to carry a pocket reference book around. Although there are no public railways in Iceland, the city is small enough to be explored by foot, so bring some comfortable and warm walking shoes. If you visit a bar at the weekend and are not much of a party animal, beware of the tradition of "runtur", whereby the locals descend upon the bars and drink into the wee hours of the night.