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June Sees 9% Decrease in Tourists from Last Year

By Erik Pomrenke

A couple at geysir geothermal area
Photo: Golli. A couple watches Strokkur explode.

The latest report from the Icelandic Tourist Board shows that some 212,000 foreign tourists visited Iceland in June of this year. This represents 21,000 fewer than June of 2023, or a 9% decrease.

Nearly two of every five travellers American

The Icelandic Tourist Board report also showed that approximately two of every five travellers were Americans. In total, the top ten nations constituted 73% of all visitors to Iceland.

Following Americans (38% of travellers) were Germans (7.6%), Brits (4.6%), Poles (4.4%), Canadians (4.2%), French (3.6%), Chinese (3.3%), Dutch (2.8%), Italians (2.6%), and Spaniards (2.4%).

Annual total shows slight increase to date

Despite the lower June numbers, the annual to-date total shows a slight increase from last year. Since the turn of the year, about 963,000 foreign passengers have departed from Iceland, compared to about 953,000 during the same period last year. This represents a 1% increase year-on-year.

Icelanders travelling more

Departures of Icelanders were around 65,000 in June of this year, which is 9,600 more than in June 2023, or a 17.3% increase. So far this year, about 298 thousand Icelanders have traveled abroad, compared to about 293 thousand during the same period last year. This represents a 1.6% increase year-on-year.

 

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