Number of international visitors to Iceland 2010-2019

In the period from 2010 to 2017, the number of international visitors arriving in Iceland grew significantly. In 2018, it reached approximately 2.34 million visitors from all over the world. Compared to 2015, this was an increase of around one million people. In 2019, the number amounted to a little over two million international tourists. The increase of tourist arrivals between 2015 and 2016 represented the biggest visitor growth for the period in consideration. The figures rose by 39 percent from 1.20 million up to 1.79 million visitors.  

Point of entry

    As of 2019, most international arrivals were recorded at Keflavik airport, with around two million visitors. Keflavik airport is Iceland’s largest airport, southwest of its capital Reykjavik and is nearly exclusively used for international flights. There, over 441 thousand visitors arrived from the United States, while travelers from the United Kingdom made up 284 thousand arrivals.

Travel season

    Among visitors from Central and Southern Europe, North America and other countries, the summertime was most preferred for travelling to Iceland in 2017. By comparison, most tourists coming from the Nordic countries flew to Iceland in Spring or Autumn, while most British traveled there in the winter season.

Number of international visitors arriving in Iceland from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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