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Record Number of Tourist Guides Graduate in Iceland

By Iceland Review

More than 60 students graduated from the Tourist Guide School of Iceland on Wednesday evening—a record number. Out of that group, 23 students specialized in regional guide studies, which is new for the capital region.

From Thingvellir national park. A popular tourist destination. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“In such studies they don’t focus on the entire country but specialize in certain regions,” explained faculty director Kristín Hrönn Thráinsdóttir to Fréttabladid. In this case, the students specialized in Reykjavík and neighboring areas, south Iceland and Reykjanes peninsula.

The increase in the number of tourists guide graduates is in consistency with the expected increased number of tourists in Iceland next summer.

According to recent reports, Iceland’s image as a tourist destination has remained intact in Europe and people are still as interested, if not more, in traveling to the country compared to before the crisis hit last fall.

Additionally, 90 percent of Icelanders said they were interested in traveling around their own country instead of going abroad during their summer vacation, as a MMR poll concluded. Many have mentioned the West Fjords as a desired destination, ruv.is reports.

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