Though it has become a popular destination for adventurous American travelers, Iceland is still considered to be off the beaten track. Relatively close to the East Coast and quite cheap to get to, it features a great city completely surrounded by unspoiled natural wonders.
Reykjavik is a convenient (and totally adorable) base.
And—surprise, surprise—there's a jeweler we'd like to pop in on.
Award-winning designer Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir (we also tried to sound it out) is based in the capital. Her shop, Aurum, features delicate Icelandic nature-inspired creations.
Venturing outside the country's largest city (though it's only home to 118,000 people), you'll encounter waterfalls,
and, for such a cold country, a surprising number of swimming pools.
Though we haven't actually been, our favorite spot might just be Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. In case you haven't noticed by now, Icelandic names are pretty much impossible to pronounce. As a result, visitors have started referring to this dreamy locale by it's less formal name: "Sweet-Ass Mossy Canyon."
Though not a direct translation, it does seem pretty accurate.