This spectacular waterfall—noteworthy due to a mossy cave at its back which lets travelers stroll behind while remaining relatively dry—isn’t particularly unique in its home country. In fact, there are over 10,000 torrents dotting the island nation, as well as glaciers, volcanoes, and lava fields. That’s not all that makes it unique: it also boasts a one-of-a-kind breed of horse with an additional gait found nowhere else in the world and a quirky local culture that routinely re-directs building projects and highways to avoid angering invisible “hidden folk.”
The pony-sized Icelandic horse was brought to the island by Vikings during the 9th century and displays a unique gait displayed by no other breed.
By the black-sand beach of Vík, a pair of basalt columns—said by locals to be the remains of trolls turned to stone—add drama to an already spectacular view.
The urban and cultural center of Iceland, Reykjavík charms with an artsy downtown full of shops and restaurants—as well as museums that reveal its Viking heritage.
It’s 11:00 p.m. and the magic hour is extending into its fifth or sixth encore: a stunning sight that makes this island all the more magical.
On a remote headland accessed via a black-sand beach, nesting puffins frolic and dive into the crashing sea. This protected reserve is the ideal place to view these charming seabirds.
From a four-star log cabin with geothermally heated hot tubs to the elegantly minimalist Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, you’ll appreciate Iceland all the more from your gracious lodgings.