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Flights to Halifax with a touch of Iceland

Rich maritime history, breathtaking coastline, and fresh seafood - what more could you ask? How about live music, festivals, lighthouses, and a bona-fide melting pot of cultures. The Nova Scotia capital is quite the surprise-package destination.

Icelandair offers frequent cheap flights to Halifax from Europe and the UK for seaside boardwalks, craft beers, and a fascinating link to the Titanic.

Before you sample the salty Atlantic air and ample seafood of the Canadian Maritimes, fancy comparing the weather and fresh fish in Reykjavík? When you book flights to Halifax with Icelandair you have the opportunity to add a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.

Halifax

Canada
Population: 403,131 (2016)Area: 5,490 km²Transportation: There are more than 300 buses and Access-A-Buses servicing over 60 routes, and four passenger ferries servicing two routes on the Halifax Harbour.Currency: Candian DollarTrendy Neighborhoods: Downtown Halifax - Dartmouth Centre - South End

Seafaring stories and rich history

Standing guard over the large, deep natural harbor and downtown skyline, Halifax's remarkable citadel is a star-shaped 19th-century fortress that's well worth investigating. At waterfront level, spend some time checking out the brilliant Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, honoring all the immigrants (over a million) who arrived here to start a new life in Canada.

Another popular museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, explores some of the tragedies connected to the city, including the Titanic sinking in 1912. Ships from Halifax were involved in the rescue efforts; a number of victims of the disaster were buried in town. Get out on the water to understand more about the city - harbor tours are a great option, or simply jump on a 10-minute ferry ride across the water to Dartmouth for winning views.

Long-running markets, local snacks

The city's official snack is the donair, similar to a kebab or gyro (it's a pita sandwich of sliced meat, best eaten late at night after a few drinks). Look for a branch of the King of Donair chain to go local. More great homegrown flavor is found at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market - in existence since 1750, making it the oldest in North America.

Seafood is ubiquitous in this maritime city - fish and chips are a good bet, as are chowder and lobster. Downtown and the North End host the lion's share of eating options. North End in particular has some great local spots, plus on-trend cafes and microbreweries. In the downtown area, a cluster of old warehouses sits on the waterfront boardwalk; it's known as the Historic Properties, and it's home to some tasty options.

Get out of town

Everyone's favorite day trip from Halifax is to Peggy’s Cove - it's one of the most-visited (and photographed) fishing villages in Canada, and it's easy to see the attraction. Its red and white lighthouse perches on boulders, the small coves are full of boats, and the scene is simply idyllic. Peggy's Cove is 28 miles southwest of Halifax.

Further afield (62 miles from Halifax) is delightful Lunenburg, a World Heritage site recognized for its preserved seafaring heritage. It was established in 1753, and a wander among its narrow streets and brightly painted wooden architecture is an evocative step back in time, best complemented by a scenic boat trip on a storied schooner. Be sure to check out the town's excellent museum and popular micro-distillery while you're here.