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Geysir geothermal area.

Tourists Find Geysir and Glacial Lagoon Overcrowded

Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir, associate professor in tourism studies at the University of Iceland, carried out a survey for the Icelandic Tourist Board last summer, asking 12,000 visitors about their perception of eight popular destinations in Iceland, two of which the majority of respondents...

Total solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse Tours from Iceland by Air

Up to 200 foreign tourists and scientists who plan to observe the solar eclipse on Friday from the air have arrived in Iceland. Icelandair will lease three large jets which will fly up through the cloud cover for an unobstructed view of the phenomena.

Tourists on Sólheimajökull glacier.

How Many Tourists is Too Many?

On an average day, there are 26,000 tourists in Iceland, or 7.2 percent of the country’s population of 329,101. During the summer months, the number of tourists equals up to one in five people in the country.

Holuhraun, restricted area as decided on March 16, 2015.

Closed-Off Area around Eruption Site Reduced

The restricted area around the Holuhraun eruption site has been significantly reduced. The restricted area now extends 20 m (66 feet) outside the edges of the new lava field, to the edge of Dyngjujökull outlet glacier on the south side, the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum to the east and to the...

EasyJet plane

More Tourists Than Icelanders Fly Out of Iceland

Last February, more Britons than Icelanders checked in for flights from Keflavík International Airport. There were around 23,000 British passengers and 21,000 Icelandic ones. Until that point Icelanders had been the single biggest nationality using the airport every month of the year.

Map of Vatnajökull

Skiers on Glacier Call Search and Rescue

Two foreign tourists who intended to ski across Vatnajökull glacier called the 112 emergency hotline this morning, requesting assistance getting down from the glacier. Search and rescue picked up their traveling companion on Tuesday after he had fallen ill.

Dettifoss waterfall

Dettifoss Open Again After Eruption

Following the declaration that the half-year-long volcanic eruption at Holuhraun is over and that seismic activity at Bárðarbunga is greatly reduced, the northeast Iceland police have decided to lift their ban on access to Jökulsárgljúfur.

Inside the offices of Radio Iceland.

English-Language Radio Iceland on the Air

A new Icelandic English-language radio station, Radio Iceland, went live last week, broadcasting news about Iceland, weather updates, information on road conditions and Icelandic music, along with interviews with noteworthy people and stories about Iceland.

Tourists in danger at Jökulsárlón

Tourists Asked to Respect Iceland’s Dangers

The last week has seen regular Icelandic news stories about tourists putting themselves in danger, for example at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Reynisfjara beach—as well as car windows being smashed as tourists attempted to drive in Öræfasveit during a severe storm last Sunday.

search rescue

Tourists Saved from Highlands in Crazy Weather

Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern highlands. All men were found before...

The glow from the Holuhraun eruption and a cloud tainted blue.

Travel Agent: Not Good Enough View of Eruption

Tour operators who traveled to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands last week to determine whether tours could be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6 miles) away from the eruption concluded that the experience was limited from that distance.

Storm in Reykjavík

Crazy Weather in South Iceland Smashes Windows

A major storm hit South Iceland on Sunday. Search and rescue volunteers had to assist at least ten drivers after flying stones smashed the windows of their cars. The people, mostly foreign tourists, were taken to a nearby hotel, but the cars were left behind.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Advance Booking Now Needed for Blue Lagoon

There have been so many visitors to the Blue Lagoon, Southwest Iceland, this February that guests without an advanced booking have not been allowed entry, ruv.is reports. After 6 pm, however, it is not necessary to book.

Tourists in Reykjavík in winter

Another Tourism Record in Iceland

Sixteen thousand more tourists visited Iceland last month than in January 2014, an increase of 34.5 percent. One in three of the 62,700 foreign tourists who visited Iceland in January came from the UK, or 21,686 in total, followed by 9,377 visitors from the U.S., and 3,206 from France.

Vík

Search and Rescue Find Lost Tourist

Members of search and rescue Víkverji in Vík in South Iceland were called out on Monday evening after a foreign tourist didn’t board a bus he had booked a fare with. The man had intended to hike across Reynisfjall mountain and walk Reynisfjara beach earlier in the day.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík Fully Booked in ‘Off Season’

Nearly all hotels in Reykjavík are currently booked out in what was until not long ago an unpopular time to visit Iceland. According to managing director of Sónar music festival Björn Steinbekk, there have been problems trying to find accommodation for journalists traveling to Reykjavík for the...

The ice tunnel in Langjökull.

Europe’s Longest Ice Tunnel to Open in June

The ice tunnel which is being made in Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, will be completed in a few weeks and is set to open in June and tourists will be able to experience the icecap from within. At 400 meters (1,312 feet), the ice tunnel will be longest in Europe.

Tourist in Reykjavík in winter

Close to One Million Tourists in 2014

The number of tourists who arrived in Iceland via airports and Seyðisfjörður port totaled 997,000 in 2014. This is an increase of 190,000, or 23.6 percent, from 2013, according to new numbers from the Icelandic Tourist Board.

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