The most fantastic place I have been is the Galapagos Islands; but that was due to animals. The most STRIKING and VISUALLY SPECTACULAR place is Iceland. This isn't just beauty.....but the contrasts. Year round frozen glaciers, an hour away from boiling water geysers pushing into the sky. Delicate green moss, on black jagged lava rock. Lava rock fields, with huge boulders in the middle. The tour guide points out are only a few thousand years old, yet they look like a giant placed them there just yesterday.
And the culture. This is a cosmopolitan group of people, with a very small population. They are able to look forward, while also preserving their culture and ways. They were courteous, kind, and interesting to meet and watch.
I absolutely LOVE Iceland. And 5 days in Rekyavik and day trips was not enough. I will go back soon and do the full perimeter.