Iceland managed to keep its relationship with nature pure and simple. Sheep are free to roam across the land at leisure, the tap water comes straight from the surrounding glaciers and the ingredients used in food and products are as locally sourced as humanly possible. The country’s wellness industry follows suit, so you know you’ll get a healthy, natural treatment when you book an appointment at one of these two top-notch spas.
The Retreat Spa
The brand-new The Retreat Spa located inside The Retreat at The Blue Lagoon resort is worth a trip to Iceland alone. That’s a big statement, but the spa deserves every ounce of its praise. The spa offers guests private access to the mineral-rich waters of The Blue Lagoon, allowing them to wander through lava canyons and unwind in the warm water in seclusion. After soaking, make your way to the lava-enclosed underground sanctuary for The Ritual, a complementary treatment for spa-goers and hotel guests. The Ritual is based on the rejuvenating powers of the lagoon’s three natural wonders: silica (cleanses and strengthens skin), algae (nourishes and moisturizes skin) and minerals (exfoliates and energizes skin). The ingredients are extracted from the Blue Lagoon and processed on site, so what goes on your skin is straight from the surrounding earth.
The super-secluded Ion Adventure Hotel, a boutique hotel in the mountains of Thingvellir, boasts the world-class Ion Spa, built on top of lava rocks to blend in with the surrounding region. Many of its treatments use Icelandic herbs from the surrounding valley to promote relaxation and harmony with nature. Try the Glow Facial, which incorporates many ingredients from the earth to leave skin cleansed and soothed.
Do you like fireworks? If you do, then you may have to check out Germany’s ultimate celebration of pyro-technics. European countries are known for their love of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, or any anniversary celebration, in fact. Fireworks are more accepted as a casual pastime in Europe than they are in the United States. That said, there is nothing like the unbridled celebration that is the Berlin Pyronale.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Durango, Colorado, is a hotbed of outdoor adventures, bringing in travelers from all over the world to experience its abundance of adrenaline-fueled activities. Whether you’re a fan of hiking or biking, there’s something to keep you busy in this exciting little town.
The Spanish region of Galicia sets itself apart for many reasons, like its vistas of the Atlantic from its perch in northwestern Spain right above Portugal. Its cliffs of Cape Finisterre are the end of the world or were thought to be by the Romans. The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail runs through this region, as well. The landscape is beyond comparison as is the food.
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When visiting Germany you will want to throw yourself into the land’s traditional cuisine. And why not? Try the sauerkraut and dumplings, the cheese spaetzle and beer. Go for it! But while you are there you will also want to sample some of the foods that made in-roads into Germany over the last decades. The variety is pretty amazing and involves a good amount of Turkish food, as well as Japanese. Depending on the city or region in which you find yourself, signature dishes will vary and this is by no means an exhaustive list, but stay with us because the German food scene is pretty diverse.