Iceland is the most desirable destination for world travelers in 2012, both according to Lonely Planet and National Geographic, and Reykjavík is named the hottest city for tourists to visit next year.
Campers by lake Mývatn, northeast Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
At Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list, Iceland scored high in popularity; the country is mentioned by 32 percent of readers as an interesting destination while Italy ranks second with considerably fewer votes, Fréttabladid reports.
What readers cite as the main reasons for their choice is untouched nature and the Reykjavík nightlife. Icelandic creativity is also mentioned.
Other travelers are hoping for increased volcanic activity and are excited about predictions that the northern lights will be particularly bright next year.
The country’s swimming pools are also an attraction, places of accommodation are rated as first class, the food is said to be good and the music life vibrant. Moreover, Iceland is considered to be a rather inexpensive choice for travelers.
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