Take a cheap flight to Reykjavik. Visit the land of fire and ice! From the first moment you land in Iceland you’ll experience the raw nature, as even the short drive from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik is through an otherworldly black lava field. The world’s most northerly capital combines colourful buildings, quirky, creative people, eye-popping design, wild nightlife and a capricious soul.
With a series of sights and interesting historic buildings, the area dubbed Old Reykjavík is the heart of the capital, and the focal point of many historic walking tours. The area is anchored by Tjörnin, the city-centre lake, and sitting between it and Austurvöllur Park to the north are the Raðhús (city hall) and Alþingi (Parliament).
The National museum displays artefacts from settlement to the modern age. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the free smartphone audio guide adds loads of detail. The strongest section describes the Settlement Era – including the rule of the chieftans and the introduction of Christianity – and features swords, drinking horns, silver hoards and a powerful bronze figure of Thor. The priceless 13th-century Valþjófsstaðir church door is carved with the story of a knight, his faithful lion and a passel of dragons.