Iceland is a tiny country within the Arctic Circle but surprisingly not as cold as New York in the winter due to the Gulfstream. A quick 5.5-6 hour flight from Newark, this tiny country suffered an economic crash in 2008 but has rebounded to be the most tourist friendly. Tourism is now the biggest industry ahead of fishing. There are many settled tour companies but a few big ones like Reykjavik Excursions and Grayline. The logistics for tours are almost perfectly in sync for these behemoths. The people are nice, tall, and gorgeous. Everything is terribly expensive, breakfast costs $10-15 USD, lunch (a sandwich) about the same, and dinner from $20-50. The cheap hot dog is pretty famous here. Daylight is 24 hours in the summer and as low as 4 hours in the winter. However, winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights, a main attraction here. When visiting, do not forget to stop by the Blue Lagoon spa, close to the airport. Prebooking is required.