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Booked Through the Whole Summer

The tourist industry in the south of Iceland is booming this summer. The low rate of the Icelandic króna seems to be attracting tourists.

“There is a large increase in direct booking with out travel agencies. The main reason for that is that the travel agencies have been selling tours on fixed prices in foreign currency so therefore the traveler doesn’t get the benefits of the low rate of the króna. Today, Icelanders are offering accommodation which is 30 percent cheaper than last year,” Fjölnir Torfason, farmhouse accommodation owner in Hali in south Iceland, told Morgunbladid.

Torfason says that almost every bed is booked through the summer. Torfason’s neighbor and colleague, Björn Thorbergsson, says that the bookings have multiplied this summer.

Other examples of increased tourism because of the low rate of the króna can be found in Iceland. Reynir Jónsson, CEO of Fjallasport (“Mountain Sport”) says that since the króna fell, Iceland has become attractive for Norwegian jeep enthusiasts.

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