Iceland: The World’s Hottest Destination?
Friday, April 24, 2009
With the Icelandic krona nearly dropping by half to the dollar (44 percent to be exact), Iceland has been experiencing an unprecedented tourism boom since the economic disaster hit this tiny country of just 320,000. Employing an estimated 8,200 Icelanders, the country’s tourism sector hosted 70,000 Brits, 45,100 Germans, and 41,000 Danes in 2008, and 2009 is expected to see a sharp uptick in American visitors, representing a 66 percent increase in tourism since 2000.
So what do to, you might ask? “Iceland is known for its breathtaking scenery, including the Blue Lagoon hot springs, spouting geysers, plunging waterfalls, and glaciers and volcanoes, as well as the Thingvellir national park, a UNESCO world heritage site.” All which can be seen during a trip costing only a couple hundred dollars/euros.
The drawback? Too many tourists. Yup, there had to be a catch somewhere.