Overtourism in Iceland threatens the environment
More than 2.2 million travellers visited Iceland in 2017, a country with fewer than 350,000 residents. That equates to six tourists per resident. The rapid increase in tourism has brought numerous economic benefits to Iceland, but has also highlighted a natural environment at risk, according to a recent report published by the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Innovation of Iceland.
In 2010, two years after the banking crisis, Iceland received less than half a million tourists. Seven years later, this figure has quadrupled and Iceland’s capital Reykjavik is the seventh worst European city in terms of overtourism.
Burhan Wazir considers the impacts of overtourism in Iceland, in this article.