Growing up the high desert climate of Boise, Idaho, I have a strong yearning for lush green landscapes – what can I say, we always want what we don’t have! So when I first arrived in Iceland and took in the surprisingly dry autumn grasses and lava fields around Reykjavik and Thingvellir National Park, I was a little disappointed. Where was the magical Icelandic green I had dreamed of? That magical green exists mostly in the summer, it turns out, but fortunately southern Iceland around small-town Vik (population: 291) has its fair share of green, even in October. Take a look at some of my favorites from the area below, and stay tuned for some incredible Icelandic waterfalls coming up next!