It may only be February, but signs of the country’s tourism boom were clearly visible along the Golden Circle today. Until very recently, few tourists visited Iceland during the winter.
The Iceland Review team, which was on the road today, counted 21 tour buses at Gullfoss waterfall and 10 at Geysir. Many visitors are clearly choosing to travel independently, by hire car. The carparks for passenger cars at both spots, as well as at Þingvellir, were almost full.
As recently reported, 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.
Iceland is expected to receive a total of 1.65 million tourists in 2016, an increase of 250,000 on last year.