Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 28,661 in December 2022, an increase of 20% compared with December 2021. In the year 2022, an average of 28,700 individuals worked monthly in the tourism industry compared with 20,800 in the previous year.

Overnight stays in hotels in December 2022 were 316,281 compared with 202,617 in December the year before. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 63,871 (+36%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 252,410 (+62%).

In January, there were 162,554 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 82,864 in January 2022. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 121,053 compared with 67,656 a year earlier.

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays and register based employment. 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 passengers’ statistics through Keflavik Airport along with traffic statistics published by ISAVIA.

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Overnight stays
Short term indicators in tourism