The Blue Lagoon is one of those rare tourist attractions that is completely overhyped, but still worth your time. It’s impossible to read an article about Iceland without a mention of the famous thermal pool, but it’s not really a favorite of the locals, or a natural wonder at that. Instead, the water is heated and colored from a nearby factory. Locals much prefer the natural pools found throughout the city of Reykjavik, with admission…

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From the moment I found out about the opportunity to go inside a volcano in Iceland, I knew this was something I had to do during my year of adventure. I’d climbed countless mountains and seen the world from above, but from the inside out? That was something completely new. This is one of the only places in the world where you can enter a volcano, and the only place where you’ll find a perfectly…

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Riding Icelandic horses is on the top of everyone’s to-do list when they reach Reykjavik, and for good reason. Icelandic horses are unlike any other in the world, brought to the country by Viking ships 1,000 years ago. They look more like model ponies than horses with their long flowing manes, and each is more beautiful than the last. They can tölt, a distinct and more graceful gallop than your average horse. Not to mention with their friendly…

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I’d seen pictures of the Senanque Abbey for months and knew this was a top spot for photos. There are many fields throughout the South of France, but nowhere else will you find a working monastery to add to the aesthetic of your photographs. It wasn’t until I went through great pains to get there that I realized photographing yourself in the lavender is actually technically not allowed.I’ve always been of the mindset that it’s…

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Tom Hanks bought a villa in Antiparos 15 years ago and it somehow remains one of Greece’s best kept secrets. Less than 2,000 residents live on the Greek island year-round, spanned across a stretch of land approximately 17 square miles long. With whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and blue doors framed by bougainvillea trees, Antiparos is a haven untouched by the influx of tourists to the Cycladic Islands and one of the few places where you…

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