Foreign tourists who book whale watching tours in Iceland have increased considerably over the last decade. Between 1997 and 2007 their number increased 500 percent and this branch of tourism is expected to grow further in coming years.
As presented at the general meeting of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) on Monday, 20,540 tourists went whale watching in Iceland in 1997, but last year the figure had reached 104,300, Fréttabladid reports.
According to SAF, whale watching has become the most popular type of tour among foreign tourists in Iceland as the industry is being developed towards eco-friendly tourism.
The whale-watching ship Elding will soon become the first in the world to have a hydrogen-powered engine.