The history of Reykjavik spans over a thousand years and was first inhabited by Norsemen in the eighth century. In the years to follow, sailors, fishermen, Vikings, and others have played a part in the shaping of the area’s history and culture. It can claim the place of the worlds’ oldest parliament, known as the Albingi, which was founded in 930 AD. Today, the city is a modern European capital with infrastructure, transport links to Europe and North America, and over 175,000 Icelanders. Reykjavik is the world’s most Northerly capital and is located a short distance from the Arctic Circle. Iceland is pretty isolated making Reykjavik a fairly expensive place to experience. Don’t let that fact detour you from visiting, it’s well worth it!
This vibrant and fascinating location offers visitors superb hotels, guest houses and other accommodations sure to please even the most seasoned traveler. There is no shortage of natural wonders as well. Iceland has pristine air quality, geothermal vents steaming in the midnight sun, and beautiful spaces that exhibit stunning natural landscapes. There are also whale and wildlife watching, thermal pools and spas, and touring the beautiful countryside with the breathtaking snow-covered Mount Esja in the background. There are so many other things to see, you’ll never be bored!
Among the adventures to experience is horseback riding. Icelandic horses are sturdy, very strong, and the direct descendants of the horses first brought to Iceland in the Viking Age.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake is a glacial lagoon in Southeastern Iceland. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach. In the winter, the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals.