There are many rewards for exploring the vast world of Tyria in Guild Wars 2. One such reward that you'll find as you travel throughout the various zones of the game is Vistas. A player can interact with a vista, which will then start a panoramic mini-movie that shows the surrounding area in lush detail.
Vistas in Guild Wars 2 take the form of a map hovering in midair within a pillar of light. To interact with the vista and start the cutscene, the player has to interact with it by hitting [F] on their keyboard when they are adjacent to it. While some vistas are easily reached by simply walking up to them, others are harder to reach and may require completing a jumping puzzle to get to.
The cutscenes associated with vistas are gorgeous to watch, but they do have other benefits when you interact with them. A player will gain experience when they interact with them for the first time and they also count towards the completion total of the area and the world.
Hoelbrak, the capital city of the Norn, has a total of five vistas for the players to find and interact with. A player will know the number of vistas by looking at the loading screen when entering a zone or at any time in the map legend for that area. A vista is identified on maps (you open a map by hitting the [M] key) with two red triangles.
Indicates a vista that has not been discovered
Indicates a vista that has been discovered
Vista #1 - Bear Lodge
The first vista in Hoelbrak is located just south of the Bear Lodge and northwest of Vheratha's Tavern in the Hall of Legends section. The vista itself lies on top of a giant ice sculpture of a bear. This one is pretty easy to get to. All you have to do is jump onto the ledge that is against the mountain and juts out a bit over the ice sculpture bear. Then you just jump from the ledge onto the ice bear and interact with the vista.
Vista #2 - Eastern Watchpost
The second vista in Hoelbrak is found just southwest of the Eastern Watchpost waypoint on the side of a small mountain. This vista is also pretty easy to get to. There's a path on the southern side of the mountain that you can jump/climb up to get to the vista. It's a little slippery but extremely manageable. There are other icy paths in Hoelbrak that are much more difficult (cue ominous music).
Vista #3 - Southern Watchpost
The next vista in our list is found north of the Southern Watchpost waypoint in Hoelbrak. The vista here is located on top of a structure that we need to find our way onto. Like the first two vistas, this one is also easy to reach. All you have to do is go towards the vista from the Southern Watchpost waypoint. Stay close to the large gray rock on your left that rises high into the sky and move out onto the edge of the mountain that's adjacent to the corner of the structure that the vista is on. All you have to do then is jump over to the structure and interact with the vista.
Vista #4 - Lake Mourn
Our fourth vista in Hoelbrak is found at Lake Mourn. The vista in this location is residing on top of a frozen hill. Getting to this vista is childishly simple as all you have to do is walk up the hill and interact with it.
Vista #5 - Snow Leopard Lodge/Raven Lodge
The last vista in Hoelbrak lies between the Snow Leopard Lodge and the Raven Lodge. You will see that the vista lies on top of a hill. This vista is, by far, the hardest one to reach in Hoelbrak. To get to the vista, you'll have to hop up a series of icy ledges that make a path to the vista. The ledges are slippery and you will find yourself falling quite a bit. The path is clearly laid out. The only real problem is jumping too far, sliding off, or not timing your jump correctly. I would recommend taking your time doing this. When you get to the top, be careful. The ledge that the vista is on is pretty narrow and it's easy to move too far and fall off when you reach the top.
Now you have a complete guide to the vistas in Hoelbrak, fellow adventurers. Most of the vistas are relatively easy to get to, with the one located between the Snow Leopard Lodge and the Raven Lodge as the most difficult one to reach. Overall, vistas are a cool part of Guild Wars 2 that has a nice little reward, the cinematic cutscene, for finding them and interacting with them.