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Thousands of Tourists to Celebrate Christmas in Iceland

Approximately 1,200 foreign tourists have booked accommodation in Reykjavík over Christmas and 3,400 for New Year’s Eve.


Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík at Christmas. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Managing director of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF), Erna Hauksdóttir, told that the number of visitors during Christmas is similar as in past years but there is an increase in visitors over New Year’s.

Hauksdóttir added that more and more tourists book their holidays with short notice and so she expects the number of foreign visitors in Iceland over the Christmas season to increase further.

The travelers who are spending their holidays in Iceland come from many different countries but the largest groups come from the UK, the Nordic countries, Japan, Germany and the US.

Click here to read about opening hours in Reykjavík over the holidays.

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