The Icelandic Tourist Board has published new statistics showing that the number of foreign tourists in Iceland has never been higher in January than it was this year. About 77,500 foreign tourists left the country last month, an increase of 14,800 since January of last year. That’s a 23.6 percent increase between years. More than four times as many tourists arrived in January this year than during the same month in 2010.
About 78 percent of tourists in January this year came from ten countries. Most of them came from the UK, or 35.5 percent, followed by the US with 18.6 percent, China (4.3 percent), Germany (4.2 percent), France (3.2 percent), and Denmark (2.7 percent). The largest increase was in the number of tourists form the UK, the US and China.
In January of 2010, tourists from the UK made up 23 percent of all foreign tourists, but their share had increased to 35.5 percent in January this year. Visitors from the Nordic countries made up 24.1 percent of the tourists in January of 2010, but only 8 percent this year.