The Stargazer: Butterfield & Robinson, Iceland
Clear, cold winter nights are the best times to view the Northern Lights in Iceland’s countryside. And during this five-day journey with Butterfield & Robinson, you’ll see the show nearly every evening. The trip starts in Reykjavík, where guests have a day to take in the museums, galleries and boutiques of the design-forward capital city. Then it’s out into the wilderness, beginning with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, a unesco World Heritage site, to witness the spectacular landscape that results from the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. Take a one-hour guided snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, visit the Geysir hot-spring area and Gullfoss waterfall, ice walk on Sólheimajökull glacier or hike in the lush Thórsmörk (Thor’s Forest). Return to the city for a day of rejuvenation at the Blue Lagoon Spa for a plunge in its famous healing waters. Rates start at $6,995 (based on double occupancy); 866-551-9090; butterfield.com.