It's different in Iceland. Untamed. Dramatic. Wild. Milky geothermal lagoons, bubbling mud pots and vents of steam rising out of otherworldly landscapes. Jagged volcanoes topped with glistening white glaciers. Rugged coastal cliffs and black sand beaches reflect the midnight sun. It's a surreal cinematic landscape unlike anywhere in the world. Here, different is good.
1-2 Enjoy an eagle's-eye view on our flight to the Westman Islands, some of the youngest islands on Earth Remote, dramatic and wild Heimaey, the only inhabited island in this small archipelago, welcomes you with breathtaking vistas of the infamous Eldfell Volcano If you have a passion for puffins, you've come to the right place! Ferry to the mainland and marvel at Iceland's untamed splendor as you hike through craggy river canyons, rocky deserts and electric-green meadows Admire the endless waterfalls at the foot of the highlands in Thjórsárdalur This truly is the land of Huldufólk—keep your eyes peeled for elves and trolls.
3-4 Up for a dip in a thermal river? Be tempted by the tranquil pools in this extraordinary alpine setting Ramble with a local volcanologist through the Hengill geothermal area, where lava fields are crisscrossed with steaming tributaries and dotted with bubbling hot mud pools Journey to remarkable Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates come together in a way unlike anywhere else in the world Nearly half of Iceland's array of flora grows here, though you'll find nothing taller than a dwarf birch.
5-6 Walk between jagged cliffs, lava outcrops, black-sand beaches and the ocean as you explore the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula If it's a clear day, you can even view the Snaefellsnes Glacier Feel like switching from two feet to four? Join an optional afternoon horseback excursion.