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More than 3,000 Tourists in Iceland at New Year’s

Around 3,300 foreign tourists have booked a room at a hotel in Reykjavík for New Year’s Eve, according to Erna Hauksdóttir, managing director of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF)—about 300 fewer tourists than last year.

Fireworks in Reykjavík at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Last year was record-breaking in terms of number of foreign tourists who spent New Year’s Eve in Iceland, reports.

Ingólfur Haraldsson, manager of the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, said foreign tourists who come to Iceland at this time of year are eager to experience an unusual New Year’s Eve.

Most of these tourists are not traveling with an agency and have not planned much in advance; they’re excited about the fireworks spectacle on New Year’s Eve, are hoping to spot the Northern Lights and want to experience the nightlife in Reykjavík, Haraldsson said.

Close to 2,000 foreign tourists stayed at hotels in Reykjavík at Christmas this year, also fewer than last year, although according to, there were 20 percent more tourists in Iceland this Christmas than in 2007.

However, Haraldsson is satisfied with business. He said around 150 people had dined at the hotel’s restaurant Vox on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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