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The northernmost capital in Europe, Reykjavik evokes images of the midnight sun, geological wonders and fierce Viking adventurers. However, nowadays the city is fast gaining a reputation for its exuberant nightlife and cultural diversity.
The old town is compact, and places worth exploring on foot include the National Museum with its impressive collection of Viking implements and art. Also exciting is the Árni Magnússon Institute, which houses 13th century sagas - epic tales of romance and danger. After dark, stroll around the numerous bars and clubs which give this city a hedonistic reputation.

The famous thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon are within easy driving reach of Reykjavik. The bright blue waters are warmed by thermal heat; and the lake, with its adjacent modern leisure centre and changing facilities, is set in a lava rock landscape which gives it an alien atmosphere. The steaming waters are also filled with a glowing grey mud, which enthusiastic bathers scoop up in handfuls and rub all over their bodies, fervently believing in its health-inducing properties.

Reykjavik lies on a small peninsula on the southwest coast of Iceland, off a sizeable bay called Faxaflói. This city is where the vast majority of the country's population huddles together; only one-fifth of this ice cap, lava field and desert plateau-covered island is considered habitable.

Although periodically inhabited by reclusive Irish monks and Viking adventurers, Iceland was first settled seriously in 874 AD by the Norwegian, Ingolfur Arnarsson. There followed rapid settlement, bloody feuds, epidemics and political struggle against Norwegian, and then Danish masters. Independence was finally gained after WWII.

A 1351-kilometre ring road called Highway One traces Iceland's entire coastline, making the capital accessible by car from everywhere. Long-distance buses depart from the BSÍ terminal at the northeastern edge of Reykjavik City Airport. If you're travelling by air, Keflavík International Airport is 48kms to the west of Reykjavik. Direct sea journeys to Reykjavik can be made with the cargo shipping company Eimskip, on its vessels Dettifoss and Gudafoss.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Fosshotel Baron

Radisson SAS Island Hotel

Radisson SAS Saga Hotel

Fosshotel Lind

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