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About Reykjavík

The geographic superlatives that describe Iceland seem endless. The Kentucky-sized island is Europe’s westernmost nation and home to the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavík. It is one of the wildest places on earth, roiling with active volcanoes, hot thermal springs in otherworldly landscapes and an endless torrent of breathtaking waterfalls. Yet it is also lauded as one of the cleanest and most civilized countries, committed to finding the perfect balance between day-to-day living and harnessing its natural resources with eco-friendly practices. Vikings landed on this pristine land in the 9th century, their arrival well chronicled in the medieval sagas that are preserved at the Culture House in Reykjavík. As for the modest city, it feels more like an overgrown fishing village than a national capital, set at the base of a picturesque peninsula and watched over by the chocolate-brown treeless mountain slopes of the Esja range. Yet despite its size, a walk through its streets reveals a larger-than-life spirit, whether you’re admiring the Hallgrímskirkja Church, the National Museum of Iceland and Reykjavík’s Harpa concert hall and conference center or soaking in the azure waters of its famed Blue Lagoon. And for big flavor, try the pylsa, the beloved lamb-based hot dog best ordered from a harborside stand.