Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is not only a hub for art, cuisine, and history, it’s also home to the vast majority of the country’s population. Situated on the southwest coast, Reykjavik – and the surrounding area – it is the ideal place to kick-start any holiday to Iceland. Immerse yourself in the country’s history at the excellent museums, uncover the hip, modern art scene, sample exceptional Nordic cuisine, and relax in style at one of the city’s chic luxury hotels. Key attractions to check out in Reykjavik include the National Museum and the Settlement Exhibition – both of which give you a fascinating glimpse into the Viking past – and the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church, a marvel of 20th-century architecture said to be inspired by the country’s mountains and glaciers. From the lively capital, you’ll be free to venture out into the wilds of Iceland to explore its stunning natural scenery. Southwest of Reykjavik you can enjoy the warm depths of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool filled with mineral-rich waters. Marvel at icy peaks, vast waterfalls and protected ancient glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park. The northwestern coastline is pitted with dramatic fjords where you’ll uncover quiet fishing villages and undisturbed wildlife. Wherever you venture you’re guaranteed spectacular natural scenery, and, in the winter months, the chance to spot the northern lights.