My friend is about to embark on a three-month residency in Iceland, and I am equal parts excited and envious. I have never been to the country myself, but from what I hear, its haunting and beautiful music, breathtaking landscapes, and welcoming, friendly people make it must-visit. I decided to do a little preliminary research, and immediately stumbled upon Blue Lagoon, a stunning geothermal spa in Reykjavik.
The lagoon’s geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours, naturally holds a temperature between 98 and 102 degrees. If that is not enough of a draw, the facilities at the lagoon include a cave-like steam bath, sauna, and waterfall. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sneak away this fall, but I’m determined to make my way to this otherworldly place sooner or later. Coincidentally, the best time to view the northern lights in Iceland is between November and April, so if you are looking for an unforgettable winter journey, look no further.