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Haunted figures factor frequently in Icelandic sagas, after all.
Vík Hit the road for two and a half hours to reach this incredibly picturesque, petite town (population: 318).
It’s the southernmost hamlet in all of Iceland and something out a Nordic sci-fi fairy tale.
Today it's more of an artist’s retreat, with some of Iceland’s top musicians keeping weekend homes here.
Visit Húsið—a Norwegian kit home dating from 1765 and one of Iceland’s oldest buildings. Stop for lunch or an early dinner in the nearby village of Stokkseyri for a langoustine feast at Fjorubordid, and visit Draugasetrið, the Ghost Center.
This lava plateau is blanketed in a rippling quilt of moss in shades of green for which even Pantone can’t provide an equivalent.
The fields may look pillowy and inviting, but it’s extremely important to tread carefully, sticking to the rocks and not the moss, which can take decades to grow back.
Close to the notorious Eyjafjallajökull glacier (which halted air traffic for days in 2010), Sólheimajökull stems from the main Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and is a fantastic spot for glacial walks and ice climbing.
Needless to say, the terrain is slippery and requires the proper gear.
Depending on the time of year, part of Dyrhóley is only accessible by foot due to bird nesting season.
There are two vista options, and if you turn to the right you can visit the lower viewpoint. This spot is not for the faint of heart—I have a fear of heights not shared by the rest of the crew (especially Thelma and Saga, true Viking women who were right at home at 400 feet up), but sucked it up to get the shot and simultaneously have my breath taken away by the views of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the east and black lava sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, to the west, plus the vast black coastline. Eyrarbakki“I’m going to take you to a place I have always wanted to shoot in,” said Saga.
I kept thinking during the 20-minute trek from our car to the heart of the glacier that I really ought to create some iridescent hiking boots for these kind of mystical expeditions.