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When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories. That’s why we asked folks on National Geographic’s Travel team to share a story about the best trip they’ve taken in the past year with our Intelligent Travel readers.

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense in February and March. Here are three stand-out lodges that will get you up close and personal.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Volcano Tourism Erupts

Billowing ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano dashed travel plans in 2010, but travel to the icebound peak has been booming since that eruption grounded millions across Europe. Volcano tourism is flaring up globally, and Iceland isn’t the only hot spot.

Nat Geo photographer Bob Krist first visited Iceland in 1986 when he was shooting a cover story for the magazine. The island nation earned a special place in his heart, and he always dreamed of bringing his two sons back to experience the magic for themselves. So he organized the ultimate family road trip: driving around Ring Road, the spectacularly scenic byway around Iceland.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Vinod Krishnan, My Shot.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Jean Philippe Schweitzer, My Shot

Investigating Iceland

In our increasingly crowded world, finding a true getaway that’s not too remote can be a challenge. Iceland remains an exception: Its cosmopolitan capital is easily accessible by plane from North America and Europe, but its wild, unspoiled landscapes can make it seem a world away. That’s why we asked Skafti Jónsson at the Embassy…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photo: Zachary Hoover/My Shot

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Go beyond Brie in these three cheese-loving countries. By Andrew Evans From the special food section in the October issue of National Geographic Traveler. Outside the dairy trinity of France, Italy, and Switzerland lies some compelling competition– literal lands of milk and honey that promise new tastes in new places. WALES From thorn-hedged pastures comes…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Photos: Where You Went

We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you went. And be inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption…

Hello again city lovers! Today’s insider tour of Reykjavik, Iceland will be guided by Katie Hammel, writer of BootsnAll’s Iceland travel guide. She lives in Chicago (which actually has colder winter averages than Iceland!) but considers Reykjavik her home away from home. Want to see your city on Intelligent Travel? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions…

For the ultimate whale-watching destination in Iceland head to the eastern side of Skjalfandi Bay to the town of Husavik where several tour boats operate out of the harbor. [Mallory on Travel via #ngtradar] In-flight magazines are going digital by offering issues on the iPad. Here are seven publications that you can download for free…

Iceland made headlines again this weekend after the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, which for many brought back memories of 2010′s Eyjafjallajokull eruption that grounded hundreds of thousands of flights in and out of Europe. For me it brought back memories of fact-checking Geotourism Editor Jonathan Tourtellot’s April 2011 feature “Life Atop a Cauldron.” Beyond…

In our April issue, our Geotourism Editor Jonathan Tourtellot returned to Iceland to see how things have changed since Eyjafjallajökull blew its top. Photographer Brooks Walker traveled in his footsteps and couldn’t resist this shot of these basalt formations at Jökulsárgljúfur gorge in Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Iceland. From the story,…