Revenue from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2021 was 7.8 billion ISK compared with 64.6 billion for the same period in 2020. In the twelve-month period from April 2020 to March 2021, income from foreign tourists was 60.2 billion ISK compared with 441 billion ISK in the twelve-month period a year earlier.

In April, there were 8,700 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 1,262 in April 2020.

Estimated overnight stays in hotels in April were 34,700 compared with 9,200 in April 2020. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders was 26,100 (+ 323%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests was 8,600 (+ 186%).

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays and external trade in services. Also updated are statistics on rental cars from the Icelandic Transport Authority, traffic statistics from the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration and passenger count from the Icelandic Tourist Board and ISAVIA through Keflavik Airport along with traffic statistics for Keflavik Airport.

Tourism short-term indicators May 2021 March   April - March  
Overnight stays 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays¹274,95698,355 -64%8,118,6112,008,777 -75%
Hotels and guesthouses213,55365,034 -70%5,560,2461,153,023 -79%
Other types of listed accommodation²61,40333,321 -46%2,558,365855,754 -67%
  March   April - March  
Occupancy rate of hotel rooms 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays in hotels174,51548,742 -72%4,328,856808,385 -81%
Available hotel rooms10,6166,646 -37%....  
Occupancy rate30%14% -1661%18% -44
  April   May-April  
Experimental statistics - Overnight stays in hotels 2020 2021 (estimated) 2019-2020 2020 -2021 %
Overnight stays in hotels9,18134,700 278%4,065,447833,904 -79%
– Iceland6,17626,100 323%401,616568,894 42%
– Foreigners3,0058,600 186%3,663,831265,010 -93%
  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%
  January - February   March - February  
VAT turnover3 (million ISK) 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Tourism industries in Iceland74,02227,398 -63%627,975220,508 -65%
– Passenger air transport27,13810,362 -62%225,51577,262 -66%
– Service activities incidental to air transportation2,310651 -72%20,6804,375 -79%
– Accommodation10,6852,246 -79%99,06526,916 -73%
– Food and beverage service activities12,6859,330 -26%93,38762,082 -34%
– Rental of leisure and sport goods & motor vehicles4,9363,379 -32%48,19930,170 -37%
– Travel agents and tour operators (abroad)2,079191 -91%17,7211,404 -92%
– Travel agents and tour operators (in Iceland)8,142676 -92%77,0389,928 -87%
– Physical well-being activities2,888201 -93%19,9473,326 -83%
– Passenger transport on land2,904271 -91%21,0843,774 -82%
– Passenger water transport25591 -64%5,3411,270 -76%
  December Average employees
Register based employment 2019 2020   2019 2020  
Tourism industries in Iceland29,17313,993 -52%29,84420,740 -31%
– Air transport3,9702,074 -48%4,6563,309 -29%
– Accommodation6,1832,316 -63%6,9934,285 -39%
– Food and beverage service activities9,9026,513 -34%10,1697,967 -22%
– Travel agency, tour operators and other reservation servic2,625946 -64%2,9481,762 -40%
  May   Average June - May  
Rental cars4 2019 2020   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total rental cars22,01416,765 -24%24,02018,562 -23%
Rental cars (active)14,14513,034 -8%21,66514,138 -35%
Rental cars (inactive)7,8693,731 -53%2,3554,424 88%
  April   May-April  
Traffic on ring road5 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
South Iceland7,57011,253 49%166,225140,880 -15%
West Iceland7,40011,607 57%161,216149,743 -7%
North Iceland3,3595,853 74%95,27381,315 -15%
East Iceland8751,351 54%25,50219,789 -22%
  April   May-April  
Passenger count from Iceland6 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total Passengers1,2628,700 589%2,256,957217,604 -90%
- Foreign nationality9245,785 526%1,742,327161,539 -91%
- Icelandic nationality3382,915 762%514,63056,065 -89%
  April   May-April  
Traffic statistcs - Keflavik Airport7 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total movements (departures/landings)7066,715 851%75,31347,572 -37%
Total passenger movements3,13218,868 502%6,127,997452,118 -93%
– Departures1,2628,700 589%2,266,777218,073 -90%
– Arrivals1,2648,937 607%2,262,819220,394 -90%
– Exchange passengers (counted twice)6061,231 103%1,598,40113,651 -99%

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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