Iceland is surprisingly close to the East Coast, only 4.5 hours from New York. Upon arrival, many visitors make the Blue Lagoon their first stop. It's only eight miles from the airport, and most shuttle buses to Reykjavík offer a stop. Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in the whole country, drawing more than 420,000 locals and tourists each year.
Icelandic fun fact #1: Because of the island's close proximity to the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys nearly continuous days and nights of sun during the warm months. Winter, on the other hand, brings relatively little daylight — almost eight hours in early November, but as few as five in January. This photograph was taken around 8:45 a.m.