Icelanders Finding It Harder To Get A Table At Restaurants, Blame Tourists - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders Finding It Harder To Get A Table At Restaurants, Blame Tourists

Published April 9, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Julia Staples

Over half of Icelanders living in the capital area have found it harder to get tables at cafés and restaurants since the start of the tourism boom, reports RÚV.

According to a new survey, 10% of those asked said that it was much harder to get a table at cafés and restaurants and 49% said it was somewhat harder to get a table than before the tourist boom.

Even so, 96% of those surveyed were rarely if at all bothered by the development and did not feel negatively effected by the increase in tourists.

Supporters of the left-leaning Bright Future political party were least likely to be bothered by it and supporters of the ruling Progressive Party were most likely to be bothered by it.

Around 25% of Icelanders found it more difficult to go to the local swimming pool for a dip due to the amount of tourists, but 75% did not feel any difference despite the increase in tourists.

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