Rub your eyes. Pinch yourself. Are those really bands of color dancing across the winter sky? Yes! The northern lights are out of this world. You have to see it to believe it. Bundle up and spend time with your family—snowshoeing, waterfall gazing, glacier walking, hot spring soaking. You're nice and toasty, admiring the winter wonders on display in the Land of Fire and Ice.
1 Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world's best vantage points from which to take in the magic of the aurora borealis | Visit a local goat farm and meet its fuzzy residents | Discover the otherworldly ice tunnels and caves beneath Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier.
2-3 Discover Vidgelmir Cave, among the planet's largest lava tubes | Venture into the realm of bubbling mud pools and thermal rivers | Take in views of Lake Thingvallavatn, a beautiful and protected national shrine, and the largest natural lake in Iceland | Walk or snowshoe in Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and symbolic heart of the Icelandic nation.
4 Ready for a quintessentially Icelandic outing? Hop aboard a super jeep for a drive across rocky lava beds, glacial outflows and rivers near Katla Volcano | Discover Thórsmörk, a rugged alpine wonderland of majestic mountains and pristine valleys | Hike or snowshoe amid bizarre rock formations, frozen waterfalls, caves and forest.
5-6 With ice ax in hand and crampons on your feet, give ice climbing a try | At thundering Skógafoss, the Skógá River puts on a breathtaking spectacle as it plunges over ice-crusted cliffs | Soak in the mineral-rich, celestial-blue waters of the famed, geothermally heated Blue Lagoon.