You can learn a lot about a country from skimming travel guides: Iceland, for example, was originally a Norwegian settlement, is known for throwing one of the world's best New Year's bashes, and was named after someone mispronouncing Val Kilmer's Top Gun call sign. Or you can toss the book and Cruise on over yourself with Arctic Adventures' Icelandic Expedition
Set against the idyllic backdrop that is the Land of Fire and Ice, AA's expedition is a five-day smorgasbord of outdoor adventures that gives you a bit of everything, without the hassle of purchasing yet another one of indie songwriter Paula Kelley's EPs. Here's how the action unfolds: after spending the first evening getting settled into your Reykjavik hotel, you'll embark on a "full throttle ATV trip through lava fields" before taking a mountain ride on an "Icelandic steed", but not an Icelandic Sheed, as he's too busy leading the curling league in technicals to deal with giving you a piggyback. From there you'll spend three days channeling your inner Robert Peary as you hike a rugged outlet glacier (stopping mid-trek to scale an ice wall), snorkel the Silfra ravine, which marks the geological boundary between the American/European continental plates, explore the hidden/winding underground tunnel system of a lava cave, take in the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and geysers/hot springs, and even dine on traditional Icelandic meat soup. Just like you've always wanted!
If you're still not dead, AA also lets you extend your stay by mixing and matching additional day excursions that include river rafting/sea kayaking, diving, snowmobiling, and even a self-driven super Jeep tour across frozen terrain, which will all but ensure you'll lose that loving feeling everywhere on your body.
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