July was record-breaking in terms of tourism. According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, 97,757 foreign tourists departed from the country last month, up by 14,000 compared to the same month in 2010, which is a 17.1 percent increase.
Tourists in the Icelandic highlands. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
So far this year, the number of foreign tourists departing from Iceland is 304,643, up by 50,000 compared to the same period in 2010, which is a 19.6 percent year-over-year increase, Morgunbladid reports.
The biggest increase is recorded among travelers from North America, 59 percent, 13.5 percent among British travelers, 11.5 among tourists from the Nordic countries and 6.2 among tourists from Central and South Europe.
Notably, there is an 18.4 percent increase among visitors from countries classified as “other” between July 2010 and 2011.