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Significant Increase in Tourists to Iceland

By Iceland Review

As many as 33,600 foreign travelers departed from Iceland via Keflavík International Airport last month, almost 7,000 more travelers than in March 2011, which is an increase of 26.2 percent between years.


Travelers in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The average year-over-year increase in the 11 years in which the Icelandic Tourist Board has kept count is around eight percent, reports.

In March 2012 most foreign tourists were British, or 27.1 percent, followed by Americans, 13.4 percent, Norwegians, 9.4 percent, Danes 8.0 percent, Germans 6.0 percent, French, 5.2 percent, Swedes 5.0 percent and Dutch, 3.8 percent.

So far this year, 87,658 foreign tourists have departed from the country via Keflavík Airport, which is a 22 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011.

Meanwhile, it appears that the number of tourists coming to Iceland with cruise ships this year will increase by 59 percent compared to 2011, as stated on

Also, according to the news website, the number of bookings at hotels and guesthouses in Iceland were up by 28 percent in February 2012 compared with the same month last year.

Click here to read further news of the booming tourism industry in Iceland.


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