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The Highlands, the uninhabited interior of Iceland is among the very few relatively easily accessible such areas left in the world. Its border is roughly drawn along the 400 m elevation and within that frame we have about 80% of the total area of the country.
Reykjavik area. Over 60% of Iceland’s population live in the Greater Reykjavik Area, but that area is only just over 1% of the total size of the country. Reykjavik city has a latitude of 64°08’ N, making it the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state.
The Reykjanes peninsula is made up of 5 municipalities; Gardur, Grindavik, Reykjanesbaer, Sandgerdi and Vogar, with the biggest one being Reykjanesbaer. There are around twenty thousand inhabitants on the peninsula in total.
West Iceland is linked to both the Southwest and North of Iceland via the ring road. However, if you’re arriving from Reykjavik you can shorten your journey by driving through Hvalfjardargong tunnel, a tunnel under Hvalfjordur.

The Westfjords are very mountainous, with dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. This makes communication by land difficult, also because many roads are closed because of ice and snow for several months of the year.

Strandir is one of the most remote parts of Iceland and the people that live there are commonly called Strandamenn..

North Iceland. The largest urban area in the North of Iceland is Akureyri, which is the second largest urban area in the country. Akureyri is located in Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur.

East Iceland. The eastern region is also home to reindeers and Iceland’s biggest forest.

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