Höfuðborgarsvæðið (Capital Region): Municipalities, Population, Area, Density

Höfuðborgarsvæðið translates to Greater Reykjavik or The Capital Region from Icelandic. It is the region within the southwestern portion of Iceland. This region has six municipalities around it, each with its own elected council that cooperates extensively. 

This region encompasses the largest urban area, Reykjavik, and its surrounding villages. It makes the total population of Greater Reykjavik 233,034, which contains 64% of the entire population of iceland, even though it is only just over 1% of the country’s total size. Its total area is 1,062.2 square kilometers (410.1 square miles). Altogether, the region’s density is 214.9 square kilometers (557 square miles). 

Where is Höfuðborgarsvæðið Located?

Iceland’s Capital Region is located in the southwest portion of the island. It is not the most southwesterly portion of the island. Instead, it is sandwiched between three regions of Iceland, the Southwest Region, the South Region, and the West Region of Iceland.

Is Höfuðborgarsvæðið Biggest Region of Iceland?

No, Höfuðborgarsvæðið is not the most significant region in Iceland, nor is it even close. It does have the largest population and highest density. It is only 1062.2 square kilometers of the 103,000 square kilometers that make up all of Iceland. 

What is the population of Höfuðborgarsvæðið Region in Iceland?

The population of Greater Reykjavik was 233,034 people, according to the most recent census in 2022.

Which cities are in Höfuðborgarsvæðið Region of Iceland?

There are seven main cities and towns in Iceland within Höfuðborgarsvæðið. Reykjavik is the largest of these by far. Its population as of January 2020 was 131,136. All the others are pretty close, making up the Greater Reykjavik area. These include, in decreasing amount of people.

  • Kópavogur
  • Hafnarfjörður
  • Garðabær
  • Mosfellsbær
  • Seltjarnarnes
  • Kjósarhreppur

What to do in Höfuðborgarsvæðið Region?

Most of the other regions in Iceland have mostly outdoor activities because of the lower density. However, the Capital Region has more of an urban focus, although there are still hikes you can do in the region.

Some of the most popular things in this region include visiting the Harpan, the somewhat famous concert house, and convention center. There are also art installations all over the Capital Region to check out, including the Black Cat and the Sun Voyager. There are an array of museums within the region, too, including the Icelandic Phallological Museum, the National Museum of Iceland, and the Reykjavik Art Museum.

What are the Hotels in Höfuðborgarsvæðið?

This region has the widest selection of hotels in all of Iceland. You might want to stay in cheap, traveler’s accommodation like a hostel such as the LOFT or Kex Hostel. Or you might be looking for luxury accommodation, such as the Grand Hotel or Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel. There are also plenty of options between these to suit almost any budget.

What are the Glaciers in Höfuðborgarsvæðið?

There are many tour operators that will take you to glaciers that start in Reykjavik. However, there are not any notable glaciers in the Capital Region of Iceland.

What are the Mountains in Höfuðborgarsvæðið?

A large part of the reason Reykjavik is located in this part of Iceland instead of in a more central location is because of its relatively flat terrain. There are several areas that are technically tall enough to have a mountain peak, but none of these stand out very much. These include the below mentioned.

  • Mulabrekka
  • Kambshorn
  • Lyklafell
  • Thrandarstadhafjall
  • Mulafjall
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