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Reykjavik Iceland History

Reykjavik is the best possible city and capital of the fabulous country Iceland. It is young and vibrant, sufficiently small, clean and perfectly safe. Here you will feel clean energy - thermal energy of the geysers - which rises from the ground, energy of cleanness, space and ideal green city, the energy of fun and incendiary nightlife, energy of the comfortable and modern Reykjavik hotels. A wonderful history of the city will tell you one of the most popular hotels – Hotel Borg. It has a location in the downtown, in a building overlooking the historic square Asuturvollur. After a total restoration of the Hotel Borg it was returned to its original splendor. 56 rooms combine the elegance of the 1930s with the modern amenities. Original hardwood floors and custom-made furniture in the old-style harmoniously blend with the warm tones of the walls, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for all guests and staff. There is a nice restaurant with very tasty dishes.

According to the ancient Icelandic sagas, the gods have indicated the first inhabitant of Iceland, a Norwegian Viking Ingolfur Arnarson, the place where he can settle down. This place was named Reykjavik; it is translated from the Icelandic "smoky bay". Another story tells that Immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and England founded an isolated farmstead in the 17th – 18th centuries. Then it was transformed into the village. The status and rights of Reykjavik it has got only in 1786. To the beginning of 20th century urban population growth came slowly. But, after global industrial and demographic expansion, the population of the capital of Iceland has increased. From time to time the number of residents is greatly reduced. The reason is an epidemic, frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Recognition of Reykjavik as the capital of Iceland took place quite slowly. Only in the 20th century, it was declared the country's major city. Until 1918, Iceland was the possession of Denmark. For many years people of this country tried to achieve political freedom and local self-government. And only in 1920, Iceland's government has approved Reykjavik its capital. During World War II, country gained strategic importance for American and British ships. In December 1943, expired contract on the union of Denmark and Iceland, signed in 1918. In 1944, Iceland was proclaimed an independent republic, and Reykjavik was officially recognized a capital of the country.

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