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Ice and volcanic hearth way back sculpted Iceland into an otherworldly masterpiece, leaving at the back of a geological time pill with all forms of dramatic thrives: Monstrous craters. Bright blue icebergs. Countless waterfalls. Even effervescent pits of earth spewing steam and sulfur. 

This is why such a lot of fable options have filmed right here, together with “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

It’s additionally a large reason why tourism right here has exploded. A report 2.2 million foreigners visited Iceland remaining 12 months, up from 556,000 in 2011, in step with the Icelandic Tourist Board.

More: 9 tips for Americans traveling to Iceland

If you’ll’t make the go back and forth, we have now put in combination a slideshow of Iceland’s most surprising landscapes. Click during the gallery above for a digital holiday.

More: Rick Steves: 10 ways Iceland can kill you

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