Reykjavik, is the northernmost capital in the world, known for its rich cultural scene, exciting nightlife and relaxed atmosphere. The town centre has a quirky mixture of colourful ironclad houses and modern concrete buildings and offers a selection of shops, restaurants and sites of historical interests. Some of the best-known landmarks are Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and Perlan, ideal for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. For shopping, Kringlan offers a variety of indoor shops and fast food restaurants and is conveniently located close to recreational areas such as Laugardalur Valley and Nauthólsvík beach.
Kópavogur, lies south of Reykjavík and is centrally-located in the greater Reykjavík area, with easy access to the nearby towns. Despite its rapid growth in previous years, the town offers unspoilt, family-friendly greens and close proximity to Elliðavatn lake, ideal for a nearby escape to the countryside. Kópavogur has two thermal swimming pools and is home to Smáralind, the largest shopping centre in Iceland. Sites of interests include Salurinn, Iceland’s first specially designed Concert Hall and Gerðarsafn art museum.
Garðabær is situated between Kópavogur and Hafnarfjörður and is characterized by its long, leafy streets and surroundings of unspoilt nature. Historical sites of interest are in Hofsstaðir Archaeological park, Krókur historical farm (open during summer) and the Design Museum of Iceland. To the West of Garðabær is Álftanes, a small neighbourhood ideal for nature and coastal walks and home to Bessastaðir, the president’s residency.