Five-hundred-and-ninety hotel rooms are set to be built at Hlemmur square in Reykjavík, located just east of the city center, taking the total number of hotel rooms in the square to 900 as of next June.
Icelandic tourism companies are being approached by prospective tourists from abroad, who are interested in viewing the eruption in Holuhraun up close. A meeting was held to discuss the possibility yesterday.
A tourist requested assistance from the police at Hvolsvöllur on Thursday when he drove off-road and got stuck in the mud. He was fined for off-road driving.
Reykjavík has a new slogan: ‘Reykjavík Loves.’ This is the result of a marketing competition held by the Association of Local Authorities in the Capital Region (SSH). The winner was announced on Thursday.
The red-gold sand beach Rauðasandur (sometimes spelled Rauðisandur) in the southern West Fjords has made it to U.S. airline Cheapflights’ list of ‘10 trek-worthy beaches around the world.’
Helicopter tour company Norðurflug has launched sightseeing tours of the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun and Mýflug Air in North Iceland has been offering sightseeing tour of the eruption site by airplane. An Icelandair pilot made a detour to give passengers a view of the eruption.
Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says.
Director of the Icelandic Tourist Board Ólöf Ýrr Atladóttir stated that while tourism is the biggest contributor to economic growth in Iceland at the moment, the tourist industry will not be able to cope with continued increase in number of tourists of the same magnitude.