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Americans Hot on Iceland

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    Growth Is Exponential

    En español | Iceland is attracting tourists in record numbers, many of them American. Last year's total was 1.8 million visitors, more than 415,000 of them from the U.S, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board. 

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    What’s the Attraction?

    Americans say big draws are the country’s abundant natural wonders, low crime rate and multitude of residents who speak English — not to mention the strong dollar and that the country’s capital, Reykjavík, is about a five-hour hop from the East Coast.

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    Areas to See

    If you want to go, remember that popular spots such as the steaming Blue Lagoon grow increasingly crowded during the peak summertime season.

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    Beat the Crowds

    We recommend the less traveled Diamond Circle, a 161-mile circuit in northeast Iceland that includes lava fields, canyons and the magnificent semicircular Waterfall of the Gods (Goðafoss).

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