According to new figures from the Icelandic Tourist Board, 158,000 foreign nationals departed the country via Keflavík Airport in May, putting the month in second place in the May rankings. Only in 2018 did May departures from Keflavík Airport exceed this year’s total.
Americans were the largest nationality group during the month, accounting for nearly one-fourth of all tourist visits. Next in line were visitors from Poland (9%), France (7%), and Germany and the Netherlands (6% each). The Nordic countries combined accounted for 8% of the visitor total during the month. The strong seasonal pattern among British travellers as a share of the visitor group can be seen clearly in the chart below. Visitors from the UK outnumbered all other nationalities in Q1, as Iceland is a popular wintertime travel destination among the British, while southerly climes tend to lure them during the summer.