Between heaven and earth lies the ethereal and otherworldly landscape of Iceland, created by the powerful yet polemic forces of nature. Millions of years ago, molten lava from the earth’s core clashed with walls of glacial ice to create waterfalls, craters, lava fields, hot springs and a unique landscape not found anywhere else in the world. This wonderland can be reached in just five hours from JFK through Icelandair, which also allows for a free stopover in Reykjavik to any connecting transatlantic flights to Europe, making it easier than ever to visit this land of enchantment. Travel in complete comfort with their saga premium class to arrive well rested for your adventure.
What to See
Iceland’s best attractions have all been created by nature. Drive west and you can admire the uninhabited and mystical landscapes where Icelandic ponies graze on pale northern plains framed by rainbows in the sky. One of the most spectacular sights is the Langjokull glacier where you can literally walk into a glacial cave. Home to Iceland’s second-largest glacier, this guided tour starts on top of an ice-capped glacier surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Enter the man-made ice tunnels to the blue heart of the glacier, which has been host to some of Iceland’s most famous raves.
Though the Blue Lagoon may be Iceland’s most famous hot spring, there are plenty of less-populated geothermal spas throughout the country. Experience the healing waters at Krauma Spa, which has one cold bath and five warm natural geothermal baths of varying temperatures sourced from Deildarthunguver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. The water temperature is a steady 100 degrees and is mixed with colder water from the Raudsgil glacier. After a relaxing spa session, dine at the soothing Krauma restaurant, which serves contemporary Icelandic cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients.
To experience the other force of nature that has shaped Iceland’s landscape, visit the largest and most spectacular lava cave, Cave Vidgelmir, which reaches 5250 feet in Western Iceland. Witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you walk in the hollow tube created by the flow of lava that occurred thousands of years ago.
Where to Stay
As a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Hotel Husafell seamlessly blends the beauty of the Icelandic landscape with the comforts of a luxury hotel. Rooms reflect a chic Scandinavian aesthetic adorned with artwork from local renowned artist Pall Gudmundsson. Rooms also open directly into the central courtyard to provide an ideal vantage to witness the Northern Lights.
A perfect spot to start your tour of Iceland is in the capital city of Reykjavik. Centrally located in the middle of town is the comfortable Centerhotel Plaza with over 200 comfortable rooms in which to relax after a long day of touring.
What to Pack
As Iceland temperatures can be extreme from snow-capped glaciers to muddy waters and hot thermal baths, you need to be prepared for the elements and be ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Here are some of our must-haves to pack.
Alex Ribbed Cashmere Hat
American Eagle Long Puffer Coat
Bearpaw Women’s Boo Shearling Boot in White
Highline Studded Black Boots
Hook & Albert Women’s Taupe Leather Weekender Bag
Lacoste Women’s Zippered Leather Gloves
Sperry Women’s Altona Boots
Vera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster
Vesica Smart 20” Regional Carry On
Vilebrequin Solid Net One piece Swim