The number of tourists who arrived in Iceland via airports and Seyðisfjörður port totaled 997,000 in 2014. This is an increase of 190,000, or 23.6 percent, from 2013, according to new numbers from the Icelandic Tourist Board.
Added to this number are the 104,516 tourists which came to Reykjavík on the 90 cruise ships which arrived at the capital’s harbor last year. Cruise ship passengers who visited Reykjavík increased by 13.4 percent on 2013 numbers. The vast majority, or 96 percent, of cruise ships which docked in Iceland, stopped in Reykjavík.
Three quarters of visitors who arrived in Iceland via Keflavík International Airport in 2014 originated from ten countries. Tourists from the United Kingdom and the United States made up the largest number, or one third of all visitors, followed by those from Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, The Netherlands and China, with the largest increase in numbers being among British, American, Canadian and German visitors.
At the same time, Germans made up the largest group of tourists arriving via the Norræna ferry in Seyðisfjörður, or 42.5 percent. Visitors from the Faroe Islands and Denmark were next on the list, with 12.2 and 11.7 percent respectively.
The largest increase in arrivals via Keflavík International Airport occurred during the winter months (November to March), with a 40.1 percent increase in January, 31.2 percent in February, 35.3 percent in March and 31 percent in November.