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Published on Apr 13, 2009
Recorded September 6, 2008.
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Its latitude at 64°08' N makes it the world's most northern national capital. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavik Area) it is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity. As a highly modernized capital of one of the most developed countries in the world, its inhabitants enjoy a first-class welfare system and city infrastructure. Its location, only slightly south of the Arctic Circle, receives only four hours of daylight on the shortest day in the depth of winter; during the summer the nights are almost as bright as the days.
The video begins as we sail into the Reykjavik harbour on the Sea Princess. After disembarking the ship most of my time was spent outside the city and there was no time to see much of the city itself. So this video is limited to what I could see from the bus window as we drove through the town. We did get to stop briefly at one place in town, Perlan (English: The Pearl). It is 84.3 feet high. Perlan is situated on the hill Öskjuhlíð where there had been hot water storage tanks for decades. In 1991 the tanks were updated and a hemispherical structure placed on top. There is a viewing deck on the fourth floor where you get a nice view of the city. The video concludes as we sail away on the Sea Princess.