Iceland is a Nordic island nation defined by its dramatic landscape with active volcanoes, valley glaciers, Europe’s biggest waterfalls, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The world’s northern most capital is a cultural bonanza with live music, great restaurants and attractions. Outside the city there’s puffin-watching, whale-gazing, white-water rafting and medieval relics that make Nordic history come to life.