According to VAT reports, turnover in Icelandic tourism sectors was 55,5 billion ISK in May to June, an increase of 49% from the previous year.

In July, there were 140,972 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 58,940 in July 2020. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 109,935, compared with 45,614 in July 2020.

Estimated overnight stays in hotels in July were 364,000 compared with 226,413 in July 2020. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders was 109,600 (-17%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests was 254,500 (+170%).

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays and turnover by VAT reports. Also updated are statistics on rental cars from the Icelandic Transport Authority, traffic statistics from the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, passengers count by nationality from the Icelandic Tourist Board and flight statistics for passengers and aircraft movements through Keflavik Airport from ISAVIA.

Tourism short-term indicators August 2021 June   July-June  
Overnight stays 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays¹292,890478,906 64%6,542,1932,720,677 -58%
Hotels and guesthouses144,437275,596 91%4,443,3751,500,587 -66%
Other types of listed accommodation²148,453203,310 37%2,098,8181,220,090 -42%
  June   July-June  
Occupancy rate of hotel rooms 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays in hotels90,497188,033 108%3,458,1951,012,062 -71%
Available hotel rooms8,3168,794 6%....  
Occupancy rate21%40% 053%22% -31
  July   August-July  
Experimental statistics - Overnight stays in hotels 2020 2021 (estimated) 2019-2020 2020 -2021 %
Overnight stays in hotels226,413364,100 61%3,176,7761,149,749 -64%
– Iceland132,188109,600 -17%497,057570,455 15%
– Foreigners94,225254,500 170%2,679,719579,294 -78%
  Q1   Q2-Q1  
External trade in services (million ISK) 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Revenue from non-Icelandic tourists64,5697,806 -88%440,92360,235 -86%
– Passenger air transport19,8361,837 -91%132,27812,553 -91%
– Travel / Consumption44,7605,970 -87%308,64547,682 -85%
  May - June   July-June  
VAT turnover3 (million ISK) 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Tourism industries in Iceland37,18555,452 49%496,577236,466 -52%
– Passenger air transport13,80614,982 9%179,15977,292 -57%
– Service activities incidental to air transportation4581,337 192%15,0604,769 -68%
– Accommodation3,7928,502 124%76,48630,582 -60%
– Food and beverage service activities11,90515,250 28%82,01068,610 -16%
– Rental of leisure and sport goods & motor vehicles5,1876,661 28%40,86631,050 -24%
– Travel agents and tour operators (abroad)39466 1081%11,6721,426 -88%
– Travel agents and tour operators (in Iceland)1,1305,820 415%55,81414,025 -75%
– Physical well-being activities3141,119 257%15,1353,584 -76%
– Passenger transport on land437890 104%16,4253,583 -78%
– Passenger water transport116425 266%3,9491,546 -61%
  April Average May-April
Register based employment 2019 2020   2019 - 2020 2020 - 2021  
Tourism industries in Iceland21,20314,194 -33%29,14317,662 -39%
– Air transport3,9301,979 -50%4,4172,670 -40%
– Accommodation4,5692,340 -49%6,8183,253 -52%
– Food and beverage service activities6,7317,098 5%9,7207,461 -23%
– Travel agency, tour operators and other reservation servic1,9801,039 -48%2,9301,330 -55%
  August   Average September-August  
Rental cars4 2019 2020   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total rental cars20,21219,484 -4%22,72818,038 -21%
Rental cars (active)18,07218,773 4%19,38014,460 -25%
Rental cars (inactive)2,140711 -67%3,3483,578 7%
  July   July-June  
Traffic on ring road5 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
South Iceland19,26520,645 7%157,685145,749 -8%
West Iceland20,93522,340 7%156,780153,554 -2%
North Iceland14,04616,700 19%89,51686,222 -4%
East Iceland3,6684,527 23%23,15621,529 -7%
  July   August-July  
Passenger count from Iceland6 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total Passengers58,940140,972 139%1,594,423361,457 -77%
- Foreign nationality45,614109,935 141%1,242,414275,865 -78%
- Icelandic nationality13,32631,037 133%352,00985,592 -76%
  July   August-July  
Traffic statistcs - Keflavik Airport7 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total movements (departures/landings)4,8546,324 30%64,08953,950 -16%
Total passenger movements131,611347,529 164%4,083,014814,991 -80%
– Departures59,071140,972 139%1,602,605361,864 -77%
– Arrivals69,284155,317 124%1,580,672374,900 -76%
– Exchange passengers (counted twice)3,25651,240 1474%899,73778,227 -91%

Table in a pdf

1 Airbnb and unpaid accommodation not included in 12 month period.
2 Other accommodations are camping sites, youth hostels, holiday centres, lodges in wilderness, apartments, sleeping-bag facilities and private-home accommodation. Other unpaid accommodation includes overnight stays in cars, tents or caravans outside campsites and indoor accommodation where no payment was made.
3 Travel agencies (abroad): Services in connection with trips abroad, i.e. with zero VAT-rate according to paragraph 12 of the VAT-law (Act 50/1988). Travel agencies (in Iceland): Services in connection with trips in Iceland, i.e. not with zero VAT-rate according to paragraph 12 of the VAT-law (Act 50/1988).
4 Data from the Icelandic transport authority. Numbers from first weekday of each month.
5 According to numbers from 14 counters on the ring road from Icelandic Road Administration. Monthly numbers show the average count each month. 12 month rolling period specifies the total count during the period. Data is used from 14 counters located on the ring road.
6 Data from the Icelandic Tourist Board.
7 Data from ISAVIA - passenger movements count departures, arrivals and connecting passengers which are counted twice.

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