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Why is Tourism Booming in Iceland?


Beautiful waterfall in Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful country, which is famous for its hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, and unique wildlife. So it is not surprising that many tourists around the world want to travel to Iceland to explore the breathtaking landscapes, that often can be seen in the background of Hollywood films. However, recent interest in the country increased even more, so why tourism in Iceland is booming?

First of all, after the crash of the local currency Icelandic krona, it became cheaper to travel to Iceland. After the financial crisis in 2008 many tourists decided to visit the country, as it became more affordable to them. However, it was not the only problem that eventually turned up beneficial to the country. After the infamous Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010, which caused disruption among commercial flights in North Europe, Iceland appeared in news all over the world. People discovered the fascinating images of the country, while numerous journalists and enthusiasts tried to pronounce the name of the volcano.

These two events weren't the only reasons why tourism in Iceland became so popular. The country is very customer oriented and attracts both single tourists and families with small children. There are various activities for both children and grown-ups. People can rent a car in Reykjavik and drive across the country to explore the almost fairy-tale nature of Iceland. Animal lovers can take whale-watching tours not far away from the capital, visit animal farms in Western Iceland or explore unique Icelandic birds near Myvatn lake. Tourists who want to get to a stress-free environment can visit the famous "Slow Town" Djúpivogur or enjoy one of the famous hot springs in the country. Further people may want to try local beauty products, which are famous worldwide for their beneficial properties. 

This year again put Iceland in headlines around the world, fortunately for a much more positive reason. The Icelandic football team became famous and beloved worldwide during the Euro 2016. Many people who previously knew little about the country, became curious and decided to visit Iceland. That's why next year the country is expected to receive 2.2 million tourists, which is seven times bigger than the population of the country.

Reykjavík Auto 

November 2016



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