Those seeking to escape Reykjavik with relative ease should skip over to Iceland’s west coast to set foot in Snæfellsjökull. This rather young national park (established in 2001) perched on a peninsula is actually a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano. What's a stratovolcano you ask? Merely the perfectly conical volcano that every young child learns to draw.
Come armed with a decent camera, for the photo opportunities are endless. Think blackened cliffs, icy blue waters, moss-laden lava fields, punches of orange — be it from strands of kelp or a lighthouse — and a sky that continues to morph into a new persona every few minutes. Pro tip: don’t forget a warm tuque and a proper windbreaker. I was there in late August and it was plenty chilly out!