Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland
In October, the Bardarbunga volcano in the Holuhraun lava fields spewed more lava, ash, and fumes across the Icelandic landscape and into the air than the memorable Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010 that grounded thousands of flights and cost more than $7 million in lost travel revenue. Bardarbunga’s eruption has not ceased and is currently causing earthquake activity almost every day. But the geographical features such as volcanic activity, geysers, and hot springs that make Iceland dangerous are also what make it so beautiful. Visiting the North Atlantic island country provides the opportunity to visit Eric the Red’s house (the Viking and first European to land on North American soil), hike the West Fjords, and witness the Northern Lights at their most spectacular. Just keep your fingers crossed that there isn’t too much ash still lingering in the air.