Once upon a pre-pandemic time, people of little means who wanted to see the world did so from their couches and armchairs. During the pandemic, this form of international travel from one’s living room increased. Famous landmarks and galleries and museums set up thousands of cameras to let people in to explore without people ever leaving home.

Granted, it is nothing like seeing things up close and in person, but for now it is the safest means of travel. If you have ever wanted to explore the many historic and natural wonders of say, Iceland, you can do that right now. Here’s a glimpse of what you will see on your virtual tour of this amazing country that is less ice and more green than people realize.

Natural Wonders

Iceland is so far north that the Northern Lights dance there almost every night of the year. These majestic “storms” of magnetic light from the northern pole are one of the most unforgettable things you could ever see. A virtual tour displays this in both photographs and real time video.

After you see the Northern Lights, don’t miss a virtual tour of SeltĂșn. Iceland is right over a geothermal hotspot, and SeltĂșn is a open area of vents, mud pots, and volcanic activity that is quiet enough to explore right now. The steaming hot springs on a cold morning have spawned some of the world’s most incredible nature photos.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland. It contains iconic memorials, tributes to the likes of John Lennon, and historic sites galore. Explore in pictures, or take a 360 degree “walking” tour where it is available.

Revisit the city in winter and in summer for the surprising contrasts in weather. Their summers have extended light for hours past midnight, and their winters are so dark that all you can see is the multitude of lights shining everywhere. No matter the time of year, it is still a beautiful city to visit.

From your cozy couch or comfy armchair, you can visit as often as you would like. Visit often as if you were able to afford the trip and avoid the hassles of the pandemic and international travel.