The city is spread out along a small peninsula, with Reykjavík Domestic Airport and long-distance bus terminals BSÍ and Mjódd in the south, and the picturesque city centre and harbour occupying the north. The international airport is 48km away at Keflavík.
The city centre's social and commercial main street is Laugavegur, which is packed with shops, restaurants and bars. It changes its name to Bankastræti, then to Austurstræti as it runs across the centre. Running uphill off Bankastræti at a jaunty diagonal, artists’ street Skólavörðustígur ends at spectacular modernist church, Hallgrímskirkja.
Busy boulevard Lækjargata cuts straight across Bankastræti/Austurstræti. To its west is Old Reykjavík. To the northwest lies Reykjavík’s Old Harbour and the rejuvenated Grandi area, while to the southwest is Tjörnin lake.