Reykjavík, city, capital of Iceland, on the Faxaflói (an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean), in the southwestern piece of the nation. It is the biggest city, a significant angling port, and the principle business, assembling, and social focal point of Iceland. Fabricates incorporate prepared nourishment, attire, paint, metal items, transports, and pieces of literature. The city is served by a global air terminal at Keflavík. Reykjavík is an advanced city, with a large portion of its structures warmed by water funneled in from close by geothermal springs. It is the site of the University of Iceland (1911); the Reykjavík Conservatory of Music (1930); the Althing (parliament); the Lutheran basilica; the National Library; the National Archives; and the National Theater. Focal points incorporate the Museum of Natural History, the National Museum, which contains an accumulation of Icelandic artifacts; the National Gallery; the cutting edge Hallgrím’s Church; and a statue of the Icelandic guide Leif Eriksson, displayed in 1930 to Iceland by the United States to remember the 1000th commemoration of the establishing of the Althing.
Vikings built up the main changeless settlement here in 874. The people group was contracted in 1786, turned into the seat of parliament in 1843, and was made the capital of Iceland in 1918. Its principle development as a monetary focus happened in the twentieth century.