This golf resort is as cool as a spot in Iceland — with an out-of-this-world view of another kind

Visitors to Iceland and its volcanoes are used to seeing the Great Glacial Lagoon, where magma produced by large volcanic eruptions sloshes down from above. But next week, a slightly different vista will greet…

This golf resort is as cool as a spot in Iceland — with an out-of-this-world view of another kind

Visitors to Iceland and its volcanoes are used to seeing the Great Glacial Lagoon, where magma produced by large volcanic eruptions sloshes down from above. But next week, a slightly different vista will greet visitors: A four-day golfing trip to the Westman Islands, where the calm setting makes this remote and truly stunning spot a natural place to tee it up.

Pamela Walton was an intrepid 17-year-old schoolgirl who journeyed with her parents, Martin and Morri, to Iceland in 1968, during a period of time when volcanic activity was significantly increased. To this day, the two islands remain active; close by, Windermere Volcano holds about 5 billion tons of magma — enough to make the Great Glacial Lagoon a cork solid.

The families visited Windermere again in 1973, when a volcano “did a fairly large eruption and caused a lot of damage.” So when Martin Walton opened the first Westman Island Golf Club in 1982, he wanted to offer something different.

Two main courses are served, one traditional Icelandic and the other French; guests can also pick from three other options at the dining room and bar, offering a wide range of entrées, fish and meat. There’s also entertainment, a karaoke lounge and a private dining room.

One important thing to know about the west side of Iceland: Since they’re so remote, temperatures can quickly fall, and it’s very common to see some snow in the daytime.

“We wouldn’t recommend it,” Walton says, but “we’ve had no problem.”

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