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Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.

Iceland is, of course, an island—and one that’s nearly 300 kilometers (186 miles) from its closest neighbor, Greenland. That means that options for arriving in its capital city are pretty limited.

Most likely, if you’re visiting Reykjavik from the US or Europe, you’ll arrive at the Keflavik International Airport. It’s about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city center, which you can reach by road in about 40 minutes.

While you can pay more for a taxi, we recommend taking the Flybus Airport Transfer every two hours between the airport and downtown Reykjavik.

For adventurous visitors, there’s also the chance to cruise to Iceland, typically from the Faroe Islands or mainland Denmark. These usually disembark at Seyðisfjörður, on Iceland’s east coast. From there, you’ll need to take a shuttle to reach Reykjavik.