Iceland saw an increase of 24% in visitors in 2014 over 2013, just shy of 1 million tourists. That's over three times the total population of Iceland! Growth in 2015 was between 10-30% per month. According to Skift, one of the largest groups of visitors are US citizens, and a big reason for this growth is the increase in flights from the U.S. Icelandair, Delta and WOW have all added flights, including new routes from Portland (OR), Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Now that getting to Iceland is easier than ever, the "secret" is out. Visitors have discovered the beauty, the wildlife, the culture and people, and word is spreading.
In the mid 90's I had the opportunity to travel to Brussels for work. I had been invited to join a meeting with Inside Sales managers from all around Europe. It was wonderful being able to meet people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. Even though our business environments were so different, we found many common areas of interest and challenges. And they definitely knew how to have fun!
Despite the many years that have passed, I still remember the delightful young lady I met
It's a few days into 2016 and it's time to start planning your next adventures (if you haven't already started). So many ideas, so many places to explore and experience - the list is long!
By no means an inclusive list, check out these 52 inspirations to get your inner explorer "jump started".
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder