Iceland – A Top Tourist Destination?

I spend more time than I care to admit planning trips that I won’t be taking.  I get wanderlusty, and so I start searching for cheap tickets to places I’d like to visit.  I might not necessarily have the vacation days, but it is still fun to dream.

Iceland has been near the top of my list for quite some time now, but I’ve never made my way over there.  It’s almost as if when I get down to actually planning a trip, it gets forgotten up there in the north.  It might also have something to do with the fact that there are virtually no trees and it is an island.  Kind of disconcerting really, but the stories I’ve heard, the pictures I’ve seen, they all keep my interest.

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But recently, Iceland has been in the news.  Not necessarily for good things.  There was the volcano that shut down Europe and led to more travel chaos than I have ever been privy to.  And then there was the banking crisis.  Iceland was not alone in hurting, but their monumental collapse became international news.

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In spite of, or maybe because of, this news, Iceland seems to have shot to the top of several different lists for top travel destinations in 2011.  In my planning of trips I won’t be able to take, I kept stumbling across articles espousing the virtues of Iceland.  The unique landscape, the natural hot springs, even the volcanoes, and of course, the low prices (turns out that banking crisis may have been helpful if you’ve got the money to travel) all add up to a great destination.  Not only that, but several different airlines have begun adding flights to Reykjavík.

I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to top ten lists.  I like to stray from the beaten path every now and again.  But what happens when the path less taken becomes the beaten path?  Regardless of the rankings, Iceland is still on my list.  And I’ll continue to plan trips that I might not take.

So what do you think? Will Iceland be on your travel itinerary this year?

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.