36. Reykjavík, Iceland
Why you should go: Let’s get this out of the way: It’s cold and dark in Iceland in the winter, when layers of ice and snow make the country look especially remote and rugged (which has a certain appeal). And there’s no better time to catch the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, just a few miles from the city. You can always warm up with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.
Why it’s a steal: Flights to Reykjavík go for an average of $420 between December and March, while hotel rooms are 15 percent cheaper than during the fall months, around $259 per night.
Where to stay: Canopy by Hilton fits right into Reykjavík’s design-oriented skyline. Close to Hallgrímskirkja Church and the Perlan museum and restaurant, there are 115 rooms that start at $205 per night—a great deal in Iceland’s expensive capital city.
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