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Iceland: more affordable for tourists.
The hauntingly beautiful island of Iceland is now more affordable following the devaluation of the krona after the country’s economic crash in 2008. For the tourist, the financial crisis means that a hotel room that was £126 per night now costs £82, quite a reduction.
And the nature tourists continue to arrive, drawn by the thermal springs, glaciers, volcanic landscapes and the Northern Lights. Surprisingly, Iceland has a new tourist attraction to add to its list. Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano which erupted last year leaving 10 million people stranded around the world when flights were grounded, is fast becoming a major attraction, reports the BBC. During the summer months, trackers ventured near the cauldron to take a peep and now in winter ‘fancy’ truck tours are jumping on the bandwagon and offering their services at a cost of around $300 to drive visitors through the snow. Apparently it’s been a good season.
There’s also more culture on offer with the opening in May of Reykjavik’s new Harpa-Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, a symphony and opera house designed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. And if you’re in Iceland in March, visit the annual DesignMarch, which displays Icelandic design, from clothing and textiles to furniture.