Iceland is a land teeming with natural beauty. A center of volcanic activity, Iceland's landscape is highlighted by volcanic peaks and lava deserts, as well as glaciers, geysers and hot springs. In the past, destructive volcanic eruptions have seen many Icelanders emigrate; now, the tide has turned, as Iceland's popularity among tourists steadily grows. What visitors are finding is a country with more than a pretty landscape to offer: they are discovering a people of above average height, whose ancestry can be traced back to settlers from Scandinavia and who boast a rich literary and artistic tradition (beyond BjÃÂ¶rk). They are also a people who statistically live longer than the rest of the world - perhaps the consequence of the revitalizing effect of hot springs. It is not surprising, then, that Iceland is beginning to attract visitors for more than just its extraordinary beauty.