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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.

Grímsstaðir

Grímsstaðir Still for Sale in EEA

Jóhannes Haukur Hauksson, one of the owners of the remote farm Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum, Northeast Iceland, says the land is still on the market after it was put up for sale in the European Economic Area (EEA).

At the Holuhraun eruption site

Holuhraun Eruption Repels Tourists from North Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has had a harmful effect on tourism in North Iceland; the number of foreign tourists in the region has dropped significantly in the past months. Managing director of the North Iceland Marketing Office Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir calls for a marketing initiative....

Keflavík International Airport

Delta Cancels Iceland-Minneapolis Flights

U.S. airline Delta has canceled plans for scheduled flights between Keflavík International Airport and Minneapolis next summer as the company was unable to obtain service slots at the airport. In summer 2014, Delta offered daily flights between Iceland and New York.

'Apartheid' cocktail.

‘Apartheid’ Cocktail Wreaks Havoc in Iceland

A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.

Þingvellir

Record Number of Tourists in November

In November 61,000 tourists visited Iceland, 31 percent more tourists than in the same month last year and five times more tourists than 12 years ago, which is when the Icelandic Tourist Board first started counting visitors to Iceland arriving at Keflavík International Airport.

Tourists in Þingvellir

Nature Pass for Tourists in Iceland Disputed

Minister of Industry and Travel Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir’s nature pass bill has been approved by the government and it will be presented in more detail in the coming days. The Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) opposes the bill and proposes a tax on accommodation nights instead, which...

The ice tunnel in Langjökull.

Photos: Ice Tunnel in Langjökull Nearly Finished

A 200-meter (656-feet) ice tunnel has been dug into Langjökull in West Iceland, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Last weekend, lighting was established. The project is being carried out by tour operator Ice Cave, which plans to offer tours into the glacier as of next summer.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Travel Association Discusses Access to Eruption

Members of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association met in Akureyri yesterday to discuss cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and other supervisory authorities on organizing trips to the eruption in Holuhraun. The association would like to see the ban on entering the area lifted...

WOW Adds Three New Destinations

WOW Air will add three new destinations to its flight schedule next summer, Dublin, Billund and Rome. Flights to Dublin will operate all year round while flights to Billund and Rome will run during the summer only.

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