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Iceland award scoop

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2 November 2011 by Luke McCormick

Iceland scoops travel awards from Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler.

Iceland looks set for a bumper 2012 after scooping two prestigious accolades in the Lonely Planet's annual readers choice ‘Best in Travel' feature. This comes just weeks after being included in National Geographic Traveler's ‘Best of the World 2012' list.

Iceland was a clear winner in two categories of Lonely Planet's ‘Best in Travel Readers' Choice Awards'. In the ‘Top Ten Countries' category, 32 per cent of readers voted for Iceland. This was 19 per cent more than Italy in second place. In the ‘Top Ten Cities' sector Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, was streams ahead of all other cities with 27 per cent of readers voting for it.

According to the poll Iceland's main attractions are considered to be its untouched landscape and rugged beauty, shaped by glaciers, waterfalls and volcanoes.

Other attractions highlighted included the bustling nightlife and the country's geothermal activity.

Iceland was also included in National Geographic Traveler's pick of the ‘Best of the World 2012' the magazine saying Iceland was ‘a final relic from the world's last ice age', with its, ‘knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords, monumental cliffs, black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and silent white glaciers'.

It was voted as a top destination alongside Croatia and Thailand.

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