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    Dispatches from Iceland

    Back in 2000, there was much talk about reforesting once-verdant Iceland. Not much progress has been made, but, hey, you can see trees anywhere. What you can't see everywhere are Iceland's unique landscapes and sights. These all still thrill. Pictured here, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, a must-see stop on Iceland's famed Golden Circle tour. Photos by Kenneth Kiesnoski, posted March 11 2012.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    Reykjavik, as seen from the top of the Perlan building.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    Visitors take a midwinter outdoors soak in the geothermal waters of the popular Blue Lagoon attraction near Reykjavik.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    The new harborside concert hall/convention venue Harpa in Reykjavik also boasts eateries and music and design shops.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    The 244-foot steeple of the Hallgrimskirkja church still towers over downtown Reykjavik, although it's no longer the tallest structure in town.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    The 103-year-old Hofdi House was the setting for the historic 1986 summit meeting of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    Icelandic pop star Bjork once performed on a raft in the middle of the Kerid crater, a highlight along the Golden Circle tour route.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    A sculpture by commemorating the founding of Reykjavik and an office tower built during Iceland's recent boom years.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    The geyser known as Strokkur shoots geothermal water 45 to 90 feet high every 4 to 8 minutes.

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    Dispatches from Iceland

    Thingvellir, a lowland area sitting on the geological fault line between Europe and North America, was the site of the world's first democratic assembly, Iceland's Althing, starting in 930 A.D.

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