Iceland 360: We’re Taking You on a Virtual Vacation Through the Best of Iceland

via Travel + Leisure by CAILEY RIZZO 

There’s a reason everybody wants to visit Iceland.

From the natural hot springs to the craggy seaside, Iceland immediately enchants with its epic, rugged landscapes and lingering mysticism (an estimated 54 percent of Icelanders believe in elves). And it doesn’t hurt that airfare to the island country is quite affordable.

But if you can’t drop everything to board a plane to Iceland right now, here’s an immediate consolation prize: Immerse yourself in Travel + Leisure’s 360-degree VR video and start gathering inspiration.

Start your Iceland trip by learning about the people who established it. The Viking village is a well-maintained replica of how the original Icelanders lived. Next up are the famous black sand beaches. Like many things in Iceland, volcano eruptions created the unusually colored sand. Lava seeped between the grains and forever changed their color. The country has more than 30 active volcanoes, waiting for the perfect conditions to erupt.

The tour continues through Iceland’s glaciers, lagoons, and parks. One of Iceland’s most popular drives is along the Golden Circle, a route that winds through some of the country’s most iconic sights, including fields of Icelandic ponies. These small horses were raised by the Vikings to withstand hardy climates, despite their small size.

If you're inspired to plan your own trip to Iceland, there are more activities than you'll have time for, like paddle boarding with Arctic Surfers (yes, paddle boarding in Iceland), horse riding with Ishestar, a helicopter tour with Norðurflug Helicopter Tours, diving or snorkeling at Silfra Fissure, and camping with Camping Iceland.

Spend the next few minutes immersing yourself in 360 degrees of Iceland and then check out Travel + Leisure’s guide to Iceland for more help (or inspiration) in planning your next trip.

Thanks to Nikon KeyMission 360.