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Iceland reports strong growth in UK visitor numbers

The number of British people visiting Iceland rose by 20% in September after the exchange rate brought prices down.

Some 8,748 Brits travelled to Iceland in the period of September 1 to October 13, compared to 7,315 last year.

A total of 58,000 international tourists visited the country in the same period, a 15% increase on 2007.

Iceland Tourist Board director of marketing Sigrun Hlin Sigurdardottir said: “We are delighted that more UK tourists are discovering Iceland outside of the summer months. Iceland is a year-round destination with a lot to offer tourists whatever the season.

“The current advantageous exchange rate also means it has never been a better time for people to visit Iceland with UK travellers’ spending money now going a lot further.

“We are positive that the winter will also see an increase in visitor figures with tourists coming to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon and do some Christmas shopping.“

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