These days, Iceland is no longer considered one of the most isolated places on Earth, but rather, a thriving hot spot. Whether it’s the Kardashians or international adventurers seeking an escapist sojourn, the land of fire and ice is an essential stop for nature and Instagram lovers alike. And no time is more popular than during the summer months, when the sun never fully sets and there is more than 18 hours of daylight. Iceland is perfect for a jam-packed few days of chasing waterfalls, climbing glaciers, bathing in natural hot springs and frolicking in lava fields.
With this picturesque setting and mixed terrain in mind, FN enlisted Icelandic photographer Hildur Erla to imagine and capture the ideal road trip through the southern region, hitting all the top spots along the way.
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Erla’s subjects, Ingibjörg Elín Gísladóttir and Grímur Birgisson, packed the perfect Nordic kit of traditional sweaters and boots featuring the latest in outsole and waterproofing technologies. The specifications set by FN athletic and outdoor editor Peter Verry for up-to-snuff shoes were clear: only the coolest, rugged and most lightweight staples from the spring ‘17 collections.
Click through to see the shoes (and sites) that FN recommends when exploring Iceland.