The Embassy of Iceland in Moscow
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15.02.2016

“We will see many more Russians travelling to Iceland”

The Embassy of Iceland in Moscow exclusively for Europe Insight

Iceland is happy to welcome many Russian tourists to Iceland every year and we sincerely hope that when the Russian tourism market regains its previous levels we will see many more Russians travelling to Iceland to visit our beautiful country.

It is true that Iceland, like other countries, has seen a drop in Russian tourist following the changed economic circumstances in Russia. But fortunately the drop has not gone below the 4.700 tourists that came to Iceland in 2012.

In the years 2013 and 2014 Icelandair had direct summer flights between Iceland and Russia (from St. Petersburg), as a consequence we witnessed a significant increase during those years.  In 2015 the flights were discontinued and so the number of tourists went down to 4.900 for that year.

The percentage numbers seem more significant than they are since we are talking about relatively low numbers of tourist from Russia compared to the total number of tourist visiting Iceland. The total number of tourist to Iceland rose from 970.00 in 2014 to 1.260.000 in 2015 (for a country with a population of just over 330.00).

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