A town in a city
Reykjavík is a fun city, strange yes, young yes, with buildings that are so diverse, different but still bind the city together, forming a unique whole. The capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. Photographer from Icelandic Times / Land og Saga, went downtown as a tourist, photographed and experienced. In Bankastræti, in a big crowd, he meets an Icelandic illustrator living in California, who hadn’t been home in five years. Admired the changes, barely recognized the city again. Thought that it had changed a lot in a positive way. Talking in Bankastræti, he asked. “Are we the only Icelanders in town?” Should we be putting a cap on tourists “? Not sure if we should, but know that two out of three inhabitants of the republic live in the capital area. But none were visible that day. In 1900, 5,802 people lived in Reykjavík, a hundred years ago they were 19,194, fifty years ago the population in the capital area was 113,764, now it stands at 232,580. And the tourists who have come here this year, have already reached well over a million. Here are snapshots from the capital today. Welcome to Reykjavík.
Reykjavík: 04/07/2022 : RX1R II : 2.0/35mm Z
Photographs & text : Páll Stefánsson