Less domestic travel for Icelanders


According to a survey on travel habits carried out on behalf of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, residents of Iceland travelled significantly less often within their own country during summer this year. This was particularly true of residents of Reykjavík.

Twenty-two per cent of respondents to the survey said that the number of foreign tourists in Iceland had affected their summer travel plans. Sixty-eight per cent said that they had ceased visiting popular tourist destinations because of the volume of tourists, while 16 per cent said that they had found it difficult to book accommodation for this reason, and 10 per cent said that they had encountered difficulties making reservations in restaurants. Respondents also commented that foreign drivers often acted in an unsafe manner, for example stopping abruptly in the middle of the road to take photographs.

Since 2007, the average numbers of trips made by residents of Reykjavík outside their city has been on a steady downward slide; back then, they took an average of 12 trips out of the city during the summer months, while in 2018, the average was only six. Instead of travelling domestically, it seems that Icelanders are looking more to other countries, with the number of Icelandic residents heading abroad rising steadily since 2010; this year, they took an average of three overseas trips.