Almost 8 million tourists to Iceland since 2008
Iceland has welcomed more tourists in the nine years since 2008 than in the entire preceding period of 59 years, i.e. since records began.
In the years 1949-2007, a total of just under 7,000,000 foreign tourists visited Iceland. Since 2008, the figure is just under 8,000,000.
Forecasts suggest that 2016 alone will see a record 1.7 million tourists visit Iceland – up a massive 38% on 2015. Growth is forecast to slow only slightly next year, with 2.2 million tourists expected in 2017 (+26.6%).