Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 31,552 in September 2022, an increase of 23% compared with September 2021. In the 12-month period from October 2021 to September 2022, an average of 27,287 individuals worked in the tourism industry compared with 18,445 in the previous 12-month period.

Overnight stays in hotels in September were approximately 494,000 compared with 364,251 in September 2021. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 93,212 (-1%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 400,862 (+49%).

In October, there were 230,529 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 142,704 in October 2021. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 158,929 compared with 103,237 in October 2021.

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.

Statistics Iceland no longer provides initial estimates of overnight stays for the latest month.

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Overnight stays
Short term indicators in tourism