Icelandic Blue

Make a frozen foray into the glacial blue yonder.

Iceland regularly stands in for fantastical and alien terrain on screen (in Game of Thrones and Interstellar, for instance), thanks to its black expanses of cooled lava, green moss fields, and, of course, glaciers, those monoliths of snow compacted so intensely that they reflect only ice-blue light.

During a seven-day winter tour of the south coast with Iceland Encounter, travelers explore unearthly tableaus, including the area below Vatnajokull (Europe’s largest ice cap) and Jokulsarlon lagoon, dotted with icebergs. Also on the itinerary: Gullfoss waterfall, overnights in the countryside for northern lights spotting, and, yes, the Blue Lagoon (above).