The Thufa hill in Reykjavik, Iceland, is shown on Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland's dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are respectful of the fragile ecosystem. Along with hikers, nature lovers, reality TV starlets and fans of the series "Game of Thrones," which was partially filmed in Iceland, 1.3 million tourists visited the country in 2015, a number expected to rise to 1.8 million this year.Long a destination that appealed only to the earliest ecotourists and fans of the eccentric singer Bjork, this small nation of 330,000 inhabitants is now reaping the benefits of a thriving tourism sector. Since the 2008 collapse of Iceland's financial system, tourism has become a pillar of the economy, accounting for 7 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 .
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