A city break in Reykjavik
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Icelanders often describe their country as the land of fire and ice. The diverse landscape is defined by volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and geysers - but the capital city of Reykjavik has much to offer too. With a population of just over 200,000, Reykjavik is home to two-thirds of Icelanders. Unlike most capitals cities, Reykjavik is small, spacious and welcoming. Colourful houses add to the quaintness, and pretty much everything worth seeing is within walking distance. It's not just quaint, colourful houses, though - the outskirts of the city are more developed, and by Flexa Bay modern apartment buildings at least give the impression that the city has something of a skyline. The tallest building in Reykjavik is Hallgrimskirkju, that cool church you've probably seen on Instagram. The church is free to enter, but it costs a few hundred krona to take the lift to the bell tower, which has panoramic views of the city. Don't go just before the hour though, or you'll be deaf from the bells for the rest of the day. Inside the church, minimalistic design that is so synonymous with Iceland reigns. Aside from a 5,000 pipe organ centrepiece, the interior is completely plain yet also completely captivating. As a city, Reykjavik has a colossal amount of street art - which makes the city feel immensely cool, though the weather helps too. Sometimes the art consumes entire buildings and is as much worth stopping to admire as a glacier in Southern Iceland.
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