Overnight accommodations booked by foreigners were down this June as compared with June of 2017. At the same time that foreign bookings have been down, however, overnight stays booked by Icelanders have been on the increase.
The Environment Agency of Iceland has reported ten incidents of illegal, off-road driving since the beginning of June.
With tourism at an all-time high in Iceland—more than two million visitors came last year—here are ten interesting facts about tourism in the country.
The on-site toilet facility at Askja in Vatnajökull National Park has remained locked and unfinished since August of last year.
The death is being treated as an accident; at time of writing, police believe that the young man fell from a roof.
The Ministry of Transport is working on new laws which will facilitate collecting fines for driving infractions.
The woman, who was eighty years old, was on holiday with her family when she fell on the footpath leading from the parking lot to the beach.
80% of Icelanders traveled abroad last year, taking an average of two to three trips out of the country.
Annual healthcare costs for foreign visitors have more than tripled over just a few years, coming to more than a billion krónur for last year alone.
Nearly every hotel in the capital area was fully booked on Sunday night, leaving travelers who’ve been stranded in Iceland because of inclement weather without a place to stay.
Preliminary autopsy results suggest that the 27-year-old French tourist who was found dead earlier this month died of hypothermia after a fall from Sandfell mountain in Southeast Iceland.
Jón Gnarr, the Icelandic comedian, author, and erstwhile Reykjavík mayor, will soon be leading personalized walking tours of the capital city to the tune of USD690 [EUR574] a person.
Use of foreign payment cards in Iceland amounted to ISK 188 billion (USD 1.8 billion/EUR 1.5 billion) in the first eight months of 2017, or ISK 23.5 billion per month.
Perlan will begin charging visitors to go out on its observation deck starting on September 1 of this year.
Tourism companies Iceland Travel, which is owned by Icelandair, and Gray Line Iceland have agreed to merge.
Results from a new MMR poll reveal that 64.1 percent of Icelanders have a positive stance towards foreign tourists.
The Icelandic minister for the environment and natural resources considers it urgent to review access controls for tourists to the remote Hornstrandir nature reserve in the West fjords, now that cruise ships have begun docking there.