The city of Reykjavik has a strong heartbeat. The riveting creativity, powerful energy sources, humorous population, wild nightlife and colourful buildings are just some of the reasons to come here.
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There are few places where Mother Nature is still as hard at work as Iceland. This is a land where snarling geothermal vents explode into towering geysers, where dozing volcanoes might sneeze at any minute, where gushing waterfalls spill from silent glaciers, and where two colossal tectonic plates – the North American and Eurasian – are crawling steadily away from one another.
It’s a level of activity that the Icelandic people are able to match only at night, when the country’s largest and most populous city, Reykjavik, bursts into life with infamous exuberance, often in the afterglow of the greatest lightshow on earth, the Northern Lights. Perhaps it’s a celebration of their glorious surroundings, or simply a reminder that this isolated island is not to be ignored.
Such a breath-taking spectacle comes with an equally breath-taking price tag, of course, which has been something of a deterrent to tourists in the past. But that trend is changing, and there’s never been a better time to visit the country that gives heightened meaning to just about every superlative in the book.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" - Ralph Waldo Emerson