We Have Already Had About 1 Million Tourists This Year - The Reykjavik Grapevine

We Have Already Had About 1 Million Tourists This Year

Published August 8, 2016

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Raffaele Piano

The year is barely two-thirds over, but the number of visitors to Iceland has already increased by some 34% from last year.

Kjarninn reports that, according to the latest figures from the Icelandic Tourist Board, about 936,000 people have visited Iceland this year. 235,000 visitors departed from Keflavík International Airport in July alone; about 55,000 more than last year, showing an increase in tourism of about 30% for that month.

Of these tourists, ten nationalities comprised 75% of the total overall. Americans comprised the largest share, making up 25.7% of all tourists to Iceland so far this year, followed by Germans, who comprised 10.7% of the whole. Also in the top ten were Brits, French, Canadians, Swedes, Danes, Chinese, Swiss, and Spaniards. The number of Americans to Iceland has nearly doubled from 2015.

Icelanders have also been busy being tourists. About 55,000 Icelanders have traveled abroad this year, showing an increase by about 10,800 people.

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