Known for: Geysers Glaciers Great hiking and snow sports Caves Natural hot springs Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
Feel the crisp wind biting at your ankles as you hike up a snowy mountain overlooking a sea of turquoise blue glaciers. Warm your hands on hot chocolate, sing loudly to a great road-trip playlist and take a night bath in a cave. Iceland is the place to be this winter.
WHAT TO DO
1. Visit Blue Lagoon in the early evening to watch the sun go down, or en-route from/to the airport (it’s nearby). Soak your tired muscles and cleanse your face with the active clay minerals in the natural vivid blue geothermal spring. The iconic pool has been running since 1976 and is well frequented by tourists and locals, so try to visit off-peak if possible, but don’t miss it. $65 NZD.