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Iceland

Þingvellir

The picturesque birthplace of Icelandic democracy is drenched in the blood of its brutal past.
Akureyri, Iceland

Santa's Icelandic Workshop

Iceland: home to volcanoes, waterfalls and, apparently, Santa?
Iceland

Arctic Circle Marker

A giant concrete orb in far north Iceland marks the ever-shifting boundary.
Sponsored by Icelandair
Reykjavik, Iceland

Whales of Iceland

The largest whale museum in Europe allows visitors to walk among life-size giants.
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Field

This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
Bíldudalur, Iceland

Skrímslasetrið

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum explores the area's history of aquatic cryptid sightings.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Álfaskólinn (Elfschool)

Learn about Iceland's hidden folk at this school dedicated to the study of elves.
Iceland

Dettifoss

The most powerful waterfall in all of Europe.
Iceland

Godafoss

This elegant arc of a waterfall marks a religious turning point.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic Phallological Museum

An encyclopedic collection of mammal penises.
Iceland

Bridge Between Continents

Walk in the footsteps of the gods and straddle two tectonic plates.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

One of the tallest buildings in Iceland, and perhaps, the most visually impressive.
Hólmavík, Iceland

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Staves, storm-calling, and of course, necropants.
Iceland

Svartifoss

The unique waterfall in Iceland's south features a backdrop of geometric black lava columns.
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits Dragonfly Fossils

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.
Paris, France

Paris Sewer Museum

The curious underground history of keeping Paris clean.
Antarctica

The Bar at Vernadsky Research Base

The world's southernmost bar.
London, England

'The Ambassadors'

A mysterious shape catches the eye in this 16th-century painting.