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Iceland

Whether you’re hunting down the Northern lights or exploring the streets of Reykjavík, Iceland is well worth a spot on your travel bucket list. The nation is best known for its natural beauty, which includes Seljalandsfoss (a towering, 200-foot-tall waterfall), Jökulsárlón (for iceberg exploration), and Thingvellir National Park (complete with centuries-old ruins flanked by valleys and mountains), and Snæfellsnes (which has dramatic volcano views). Reynisdrangar’s black-sand beach and striking rock formations are both must-sees, as is Kirkjufell, an iconic, frequently-photographed mountain. At Bue Lagoon, you can relax in the geothermal spa and indulge in a soak and skin-care treatment. Meanwhile, architecture enthusiasts should check out Hallgrimskirkja, a towering church at a staggering 244 feet tall. For optimal Northern light viewings, plan your trip around September through March — though expect cold temps (read: pack accordingly).

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