Over 146,000 foreign tourists left the country last May, according to reports from the Icelandic Tourist Board at Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal, or 22,000 more than in May last year. The increase is 17.8% year-on-year.

The increase in the month of May was significantly higher than the other months of the current year. Thus, tourists increased by 75.3% year-on-year in January, 47.3% in February 44.4% in March and 61.8% in April.

Since the beginning of the year, 752 thousand foreign tourists have left Keflavík Airport, a 46.5% increase compared with the same period last year.

Big increase of Americans but a strong decline fro United Kingdom

Americans were 30% or less than a third of tourists in May and increased significantly. The British came second decrease considerably between years, or by 28%.

The United States 34.2%
United Kingdom 7.8%
Germany 7.4%
Canada 6.2%
France 5.2%
Sweden 4.2%
Norway 3.7%
Poland 3.4%
Denmark 3.1%
Holland 2.9%
China 2.6%
Finland 2.1%


More than triple increase of travelers in the period January-April over a five-year period

Tourists have more than tripled during the period January to May over a five-year period, ie. From 2013. Thus, the Americas have nearly sixfold, Central and South Europe more than tripled, Britain almost tripled. The Nordic countries have, however, grown to a much smaller extent, or by 34% in the period 2013-2017.

Modified combination

The relative composition of tourists has changed somewhat since 2013, as can be seen from the picture here below, showing the total number from the beginning of the year each year.

The Americans were 29.1% of the total in 2017, which is much higher than in 2013-2016. The share of Britain was around 27-29% in 2013-2016, down 21.8% in 2017.

The Nordic countries were 8.1% of the total in 2017, but their share has declined steadily in recent years.

The share of central and southern Europeans has been similar in the period 2013-2017, but has risen for those who fall under the second.


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