According to VAT reports, turnover in Icelandic tourism sectors was 32,7 billion ISK in March – April, a decrease of 6% from the previous year.

In June, there were 56,.164 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 11,253 in June 2020. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 42,589, compared to 5,943 in June 2020.

Estimated overnight stays in hotels in June were 158,000 compared with 90,497 in June 2020. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders was 49,200 (-35%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests was 108,700 (+ 619%).

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 and passenger count from the Icelandic Tourist Board and ISAVIA through Keflavik Airport along with traffic statistics for Keflavik Airport.

Tourism short-term indicators July 2021 May   June - May  
Overnight stays 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays¹89,131181,822 104%7,191,9642,534,661 -65%
Hotels and guesthouses58,691135,685 131%4,873,2691,369,428 -72%
Other types of listed accommodation²30,44046,137 52%2,318,6951,165,233 -50%
  May   June - May  
Occupancy rate of hotel rooms 2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Total overnight stays in hotels37,583102,843 174%3,788,015914,526 -76%
Available hotel rooms7,8817,434 -6%....  
Occupancy rate9%26% 1757%20% -37
  June   July - June  
Experimental statistics - Overnight stays in hotels 2020 2021 (estimated) 2019-2020 2020 -2021 %
Overnight stays in hotels90,497157,900 74%3,458,192981,929 -72%
– Iceland75,37249,200 -35%434,909583,195 34%
– Foreigners15,125108,700 619%3,023,283398,734 -87%
  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%
  March - April   May - April  
VAT turnover3 (million ISK) 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Tourism industries in Iceland34,80132,726 -6%575,979218,281 -62%
– Passenger air transport13,37712,231 -9%206,80976,116 -63%
– Service activities incidental to air transportation1,105638 -42%18,7273,912 -79%
– Accommodation4,2693,107 -27%91,19925,876 -72%
– Food and beverage service activities7,57810,574 40%86,70865,209 -25%
– Rental of leisure and sport goods & motor vehicles3,8793,742 -4%45,63929,570 -35%
– Travel agents and tour operators (abroad)572275 -52%15,2161,123 -93%
– Travel agents and tour operators (in Iceland)2,0801,465 -30%69,2029,334 -87%
– Physical well-being activities810252 -69%17,9792,774 -85%
– Passenger transport on land1,015356 -65%19,4213,130 -84%
– Passenger water transport11685 -26%5,0791,237 -76%
  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%
  July   Average August - July  
Rental cars4 2019 2020   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total rental cars20,08318,070 -10%23,16818,099 -22%
Rental cars (active)15,62817,037 9%19,95314,403 -28%
Rental cars (inactive)4,4551,033 -77%3,2163,697 15%
  June   July - June  
Traffic on ring road5 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
South Iceland15,21717,267 13%159,010144,349 -9%
West Iceland17,57818,411 5%157,554152,148 -3%
North Iceland9,93210,992 11%95,38483,568 -12%
East Iceland2,1042,887 37%24,53820,670 -16%
  June   July - June  
Passenger count from Iceland6 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total Passengers11,25356,164 399%1,827,094279,426 -85%
- Foreign nationality5,94342,589 617%1,428,084211,545 -85%
- Icelandic nationality5,31013,575 156%399,01067,881 -83%
  June   July - June  
Traffic statistcs - Keflavik Airport7 2020 2021   2019-2020 2020-2021  
Total passenger movements29,355135,848 363%4,794,876599,073 -88%
– Departures11,25356,164 399%1,838,598279,963 -85%
– Arrivals17,68265,088 268%1,817,990288,867 -84%
– Exchange passengers (counted twice)42014,596 3375%1,138,28830,243 -97%

Table in a pdf

1Airbnb and unpaid accommodation not included in 12 month period.
2Other 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.
3Travel 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).
4Data from the Icelandic transport authority. Numbers from first weekday of each month.
5According 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.
6Data from the Icelandic Tourist Board.
7Data from ISAVIA - passenger movements count departures, arrivals and connecting passengers which are counted twice.

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