Tourists Drawn to Bargain Iceland

The country of dreamlike landscapes and wild geysers may face a difficult future, but for travelers, it means a much cheaper vacation

A country facing its total ruin? A ban on currency exchange for locals? Empty shelves in supermarkets? Tourists are given little indication of that when they call Iceland's Centerhotels Group and ask sales director Niclas Bylund for tips on their planned trips to the country. "Bring sturdy shoes," the Swede suggests in a peppy voice. "Reykjavik is a wonderful city for long walks and hikes."

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