Want to know how Iceland landed on everybody’s bucket list? This dreamy video shows you exactly why.
With the help of 3D Robotics, 22-year-old photographer and cinematographer Jake Chamseddine, of Portland, Oregon, set out to prove that Iceland’s dramatic landscapes are too beautiful for words. He’s not the first, of course—Iceland’s accidental travel ambassador, Justin Bieber, shot his wanderlust-worthy music video for “I’ll Show You” among Iceland’s fjords and verdant valleys. Many people fly into Reykjavik in order to dine at Perlan, or sample fermented shark fin at the fish market. But the country’s greatest attractions lie outside of the capital city. Take a journey to Iceland to frolic, Bieber-style, across the moss-covered lava fields, or take a dip in the healing, mineral-rich Blue Lagoon. Iceland is a country for road trips—you’ll want to drive the 80 miles around the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to a glacier-topped volcano, wild horses, and basalt cliffs.
Trace the Golden Circle to see Geysir (the original geyser from which all others get their name) the Gullfoss waterfall, and the fissure where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet: it’s the only place in the world to see this above the ocean. Other sights include the abandoned husk of a U.S. Navy airplane resting on a black sand beach, and those mystical, phantom Northern Lights dancing across the sky.