No, a Cryptocurrency Can't Fix a Broken Economy

Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the beginning of hyper-localized cryptocurrencies; it became the second-largest cryptocurrency before it even launched, valued at » 2/27/15 3:30pm 2/27/15 3:30pm

This Guy Went Around the World In 80 Days The First Time He Traveled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt's world. So, he did what any logical 44 year old would do and set out on an an 80-day, round the world trip. It was the first time he'd ever left the country. This is what he learned. » 2/09/15 4:50pm 2/09/15 4:50pm

36 Hours of Glaciers and Steam in Iceland

I just visited Iceland for the first time! But, due to airport chaos, I was only there for exactly 36 hours. Here's what I learned from my short trip, camping out on ice and dunking myself in the country's steaming hot springs. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

There's an awful lot of bad information floating around about driving in winter weather. In fact, you're probably doing it wrong. Yes, even if you're from New Hampshire. Here's how to drive on snow or ice without crashing your car or wasting money on unnecessary stuff. » 1/26/15 10:54am 1/26/15 10:54am

This Gear Took Us Around The World

What clothes, computer, ice axe, and backpack does a photographer and writer for an adventure travel site fall back on when he's going to be going up against the unpredictability of nature, while traveling unsupported around the world? This is the best of the best, the stuff I took with me to adventure around the… » 12/23/14 4:41pm 12/23/14 4:41pm

What It Feels Like To Crawl Into A -30F Sleeping Bag In The Himalaya

Need to sleep outside somewhere that you could literally freeze to death in under an hour? Turns out they make sleeping bags designed to make that not just possible, but even comfortable. Here's what they feel like. » 12/05/14 2:11pm 12/05/14 2:11pm

What It Takes To Transport 112 Tons of Arctic Ice Over 2,000 Miles

You've seen the pictures. The time lapses of glaciers shrinking into patchworks of white, the videos of ice crumbling into the ocean. But the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson wants you to really see how quickly the ice is melting—and to do so, he and a Greenlandic geologist fished 112 tons of ice out of a Greenland… » 10/25/14 12:00pm 10/25/14 12:00pm

So You Want To Be An Adventure Photographer...

So you like photography and go on some pretty cool adventures too? Then adventure photography might be for you. We'll teach you everything you need to know to get started. » 10/23/14 4:28pm 10/23/14 4:28pm

Walking On The Alien World From Interstellar

You probably recognize Iceland's Vatnajökull glacier from countless movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, and most recently Christopher Nolan's upcoming SciFi epic, Interstellar. We went hiking on it. » 10/21/14 2:18pm 10/21/14 2:18pm

How To Photograph The Northern Lights

One of nature's most incredible phenomena are the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. We've been photographing them in Iceland and we're going to show you how to shoot them yourself. » 10/15/14 3:19pm 10/15/14 3:19pm

A GoPro Died to Bring Us This Insane Drone Footage of a Volcano Erupting

Though Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano isn't the media sensation it was a month ago, it's still steadily erupting—as shown by this incredible video shot with a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero 3, which did not survive the trip (though the memory card did!). » 10/01/14 3:24pm 10/01/14 3:24pm

This Is a Swirling Thermal Tornado Rising From Iceland's Volcano

It may look cold in blue, but you're looking at a swirling 1-kilometre-high tornado of hot gas, imaged using an infrared camera, as it rose from a fissure on Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano. » 9/09/14 6:00am 9/09/14 6:00am

Why Iceland's Volcano (Probably) Won't Be a Travel Headache

Update: Icelandic experts later revised their opinion on whether the volcano was actually already erupting. An eruption may still be eminent, and the information about aviation and volcanic ash still stand. » 8/23/14 2:00pm 8/23/14 2:00pm

Men climb real life version of Game of Thrones' northern Wall

It's not the 700-foot-tall Wall of Game of Thrones, but this looks like the scene of the wildlings climbing the Wall in George R.R. Martin's series. It's 40-year-old Tim Emmett and 38-year-old Dawn Glanc climbing the 250-metre thick Sólheimajökull glacier, in Iceland, at sub-zero temperatures. Because risking your… » 4/19/14 5:48am 4/19/14 5:48am

The biggest glacier in Iceland or Superman's Fortress of Solitude

Hello and welcome to the real life Fortress of Solitude. This unbelievably beautiful cavern is inside Vatnajökull, Iceland's biggest glacier, captured by photographer Kate Friend, who took a stunning series of shots inside this 8,000-square-kilometer ice mass. » 3/07/14 12:19am 3/07/14 12:19am

Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants of the Future

Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea—and the results of their experiment has just… » 1/27/14 5:40pm 1/27/14 5:40pm

Iceland Is Making Beer Out of Dead Whales (Update: No, They're Not)

These days, brewers get pretty creative with what they put in their beer. You can get beer containing anything from donuts to moon dust. And, wacky as it is, weird beer is a pretty fun conversation starter. That is, until you start putting endangered species in it. » 1/10/14 4:20pm 1/10/14 4:20pm

Iceland Stops Work on a New Highway That Would Destroy Elf Habitats

A lawsuit that halted a new highway in Iceland was filed on behalf of elves. The road construction project is now being delayed until Iceland's Supreme Court rules on a case from Friends of Lava, a group concerned about destruction to elf and wildlife habitats. Their ideas may not be as bizarre as it first appears. » 12/24/13 1:00pm 12/24/13 1:00pm

This Time Lapse of Iceland Is So Beautifully Alien

You can travel every inch of this world and probably travel every inch of the galaxy and you'd find very few places more beautiful than Iceland. Even alien paradises don't look this good. Stian Rekdal covered over 3,000 miles and took more than 40,000 photos of Iceland over three weeks to cook this time lapse video… » 10/01/13 11:00pm 10/01/13 11:00pm