Iceland tourism continues to boom

Photo: Sig­urður Bogi Sæv­arsson

Photo: Sig­urður Bogi Sæv­arsson

Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Iceland last month – up a massive 43% on February 2015.

January saw a 23.6% increase in tourist numbers as compared to last year. These latest February figures – obtained from counting operations at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) by the Icelandic Tourist Board – mean that tourism so far in 2016 has increased by a whopping 33.8%.

70,400 foreign visitors were counted through KEF in February 2015. This year, the 100,000 barrier was beaten, with 100,400 tourists on the books.

The vast majority of these (42.8%) were from the United Kingdom. This is followed at some distance by visitors from the United States (16.2%) and China (4.4%). Tourists from these three countries account for three-quarters of the total year-on-year February increase in Icelandic tourism.

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