Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar is a region in southern Iceland that is home to strange and beautiful geological formations. The multicolored rhyolite mountains in particular are breathtaking to behold. Visitors to this area enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and hot springs. Popular hikes include a trip up the peak of Bláhnúkur, a walk through the ice caves of Hrafntinnusker, or an extended multi-day hike along the Laugavegurinn trail. Tourists can visit Landmannalaugar between June and late September. Accommodations are sparse, consisting of only an austere mountain lodge that has room for 78 people total. Landmannalaugar can be accessed by car or by daily bus service from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Cappadocia, Turkey

Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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The incredible moonscape hills and the impossibly beautiful cities of Turkey’s Cappadocia region are a sight to behold. Located in the center of Turkey, the Cappadocia region includes the towns of Avanos, Göreme, Nevsehir, Ortahisar, Uçhisar, and Ürgüp. Popular activities in the region include visits to the underground cities, viewing the ancient Christian cave art, exploring numerous hiking trails and volcanos, seeing the “fairy chimney” rock formations, and taking sunrise hot air balloon rides for a view of the breathtaking landscape from above.

Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey

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Ortahisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey