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DESTINATION FEATURE If you'd like to get away from it all, an adventure to the West Nordic region of the world is the way to go. In Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, it's easy to find solitude and breathtaking nature steeped in rich history. If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, then you're already familiar with the sweeping landscapes of Iceland. Even if you're not a fan, you still probably have some dramatic images in mind when it comes to this primordial locale. Beyond the Blue Lagoon and trendy Reykjavik, there's plenty to explore. Like black-sand beaches, boiling mud pools, waterfalls and moss-covered lava fields. With this otherworldly landscape, it's no surprise that five Hollywood movies were filmed there in the past year alone. must dos -Walk to the valley of Reykjadalur, where hundreds of boiling hot springs send their fumes to the sky. (Note: Bring your bathing suit and a towel for a dip in the hot springs.) -Stroll around Hverager9i village, a neat little town with many hot springs and greenhouses. -Hike along the trail that goes behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the most famous waterfalls in the country. -Stop by the Gfgjokull glacier where a big flood washed half the glacier away during the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010. -Take photos of the canyons and valleys of Porsmork, at the very foot of the famous volcano. -Stay the night in a cozy mountain hut. -Do dinner at Fishmarket (www.flshmarket.is), where adventurous eaters can dine on smoked puffin, grilled whale meat, Icelandic vodka and reindeer. -Strap on crampons and traipse across Solheimajokull gla¬ cier. -Visit of the Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. -Have dinner at Kopar (www.koparrestaurant.is/en), the first restaurant in Reykjavik to serve Icelandic rock crab. -Get a massage while floating in the Blue Lagoon (www. bluelagoon.com). -Stop at SS pylsur for a taste of Iceland's famous hot dogs. 76 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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