Unwind and recharge in invigorating waters.

Even as temperatures cool in fall, the Blue Lagoon's geothermal waters envelop the body in a soothing, 100-degree contrast. This blissful setting, about 45 minutes from the capital city of Reykjavik, attracts those seeking relaxation or its reported health benefits. Save this dip for the last day of vacation to end with a bang -- or in this case, an \"ahhh.\"

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Mother Nature's dramatic light show kicks off in fall.

Slickly produced laser shows will pale in comparison to the eerie beauty of the Northern Lights. Iceland is arguably the best place to witness this natural phenomenon starting in September, when the daylight hours are shorter. On a clear, crisp night, prepare to be mesmerized by the lights that dance in the midnight sky.

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Eyjafjallajokull inspires a new tourism trend.

Get a first-hand look at earth's evolution in real-time. Now that the dust has settled (pun intended), curious visitors and adrenaline junkies are booking volcano tours by super jeep or helicopter. Volcanic activity in April at Fimmvorduhals prompted the first wave of 'volcano tourists.' Now it's Iceland's hottest sight-seeing trend.

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Party at the Iceland Airwaves festival.

Rolling Stone called Iceland Airwaves (Oct. 13-17) \"the hippest long weekend on the annual music festival calendar.\" The five-day extravaganza in Reykjavik is an indie music lover's dream, spotlighting top up-and-coming acts worldwide. Festival goers will dig the intimate vibe -- and may fly home with stories of partying with rock bands.

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A panoramic journey past waterfalls and geysers.

Locals and those who've traveled Iceland will agree: Rent a car. Ditch the group tour and embrace the freedom that comes with exploring Iceland's gorgeous countryside at a do-as-you-please pace. Spend a few days on the Ring Road (Route 1), which circles the entire country. It winds past geysers, waterfalls and glacial mountain peaks.

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