National Geographic’s Traveler has chosen some must-visit places from around the world, with Iceland included in that list.
The primary pull to the country, according to the list, would be the landscapes, described as “a world of knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords, monumental cliffs, black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and silent white glaciers.”
The other factor, of course, is affordability, as the author points out that the Icelandic crown is still weak, adding, “[t]he country’s return to a humbler attitude stems from a thousand-year-old tradition of self-reliance.” A humbler attitude from, or about, what is not stated.
Iceland has been doubling up its efforts to promote tourism, with the Inspired By Iceland campaign in full swing. However, the emphasis now is less upon the landscapes and more on the people themselves, including an invitation from the president to enjoy pancakes in his home.
Other countries that made the cut included Oman, Guatemala, New Zealand and Panama, although most of the destinations were regions of or cities within countries.