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Tourism in Iceland has grown considerably in recent years. It has surpassed the fishing industry and is now the main generator of foreign revenue for Iceland. In just a few years, tourism has changed from being a low-key seasonal activity operating mostly over the summer months (June-July-August) to a very successful all-year industry. Today there are many companies offering a great variety of tours ranging from sightseeing day trips and excursions to multi-day experiences into the wild.  Exploring the great outdoors is the adventure in Iceland.  Whale watching, glacier hiking, river rafting are some of the activities that have been developed over the years to make Iceland an exciting place to visit. In short, there is something for everyone.

Day-tripping and darkness

Summer in Iceland offers a gift of 24 hour daylight. This makes it possible to explore at any time of day. It is an unusual phenomenon which can be both wonderful and irritating, especially if you can’t sleep due to the light. Winter is almost the opposite with only a generous 4-hour light period.  Activities in winter are concentrated around the 11:00 – 16:00 time frame to make use of the short daylight hours.

Conscious tourism

Iceland’s popularity is definitely due to its magnificent nature, wide open spaces and stunning landscapes. The unique nature of Iceland includes volcanoes, mountains, lakes, glaciers, rivers, caves, black beaches and more. All of these together help to create life-time experiences and unforgettable memories, but please don’t forget that Iceland’s nature is pristine and fragile. Please walk on marked trails, throw rubbish in bins and drive on marked roads or trails. Practicing conscious tourism helps us all to contribute to minimizing the damage to nature caused by mass tourism.

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