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Tourist Numbers up by a Third This Year

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Tourist Numbers up by a Third This Year

Seljalandsfoss

Tourists by Seljalandsfoss water fall yesterday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Since the beginning of the year, 936,000 tourists have visited Iceland, according to figures from the Icelandic Tourist Board. That represents a 34.1 percent increase from the same period last year.

Last month alone, 236,000 foreign tourists left the country, which is 30.6 percent more than in July of last year.

In July, the largest group of tourists came from the US, or 25.7 percent, followed those from Germany (10.7 percent), the UK (7.7 percent), France (6.1 percent), and Canada (5.2 percent).

Yesterday was a particularly busy day in South Iceland, with thousands of tourists flocking to popular destinations. Our photographer Páll Stefánsson took the photo above by Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

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