Iceland's Tourism Revolution

  • Published: 05 June 2019
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
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Comments • 1 654

  • Beard Hat
    Beard Hat  2 days back

    Thanks CCP

    No really, 13% spike of visitors in the spring is because of EVE fanfest.

    • Paul
      Paul  1 weeks back

      I got a solution: more ice!

      • Spectral
        Spectral  1 weeks back

        I don't think Iceland is the kind of destination one wants to go back to; it's more of a bucket list type of unusual place to see.

        • Ewan2005 Tennant
          Ewan2005 Tennant  1 weeks back

          Iceland air are now running again

          • Dav Nag
            Dav Nag  1 weeks back

            Thats a great video young man.

            • frogbear02
              frogbear02  1 weeks back

              the perfect example of tourism destroying a spot...well, there are PLENTY of them, but Mount Fuji is prolly the most recognisable. another one more personal, is natural bridge in Virginia...simply because it has posted all over the gift shop/paid admission site, right before the restaurant and highway sized roads leading through the broken down cave "a truly natural experience..."...

              • Αμάνολ Χαςαν - The Derviş Nomad

                Conversations about nature Conservations
                say that 10 times in a row

                • Arnar Loftsson
                  Arnar Loftsson  2 weeks back

                  good video about my country. But there are again changes. A new Icelandic airline is coming "Play air" And Chinese plan to start flying directly from China, via Helsinki í Finland.
                  And we also need to focus on other income than tourism and we are aiming for other options...just wait and see :D ;)

                  • hannardynamite
                    hannardynamite  2 weeks back

                    A potential reason why there was such a low drop in visitors between April 2018 and April 2019 could be because due to CCP not hosting EVE Fanfest in Iceland in April 2019 like they do nearly every other April. Not sure of the figures of EVE Fanfest attendees, but it's probably not insignificant. With EVE Fanfest being back in Reykjavik in April 2020, it'll be interesting to see if the visitor figures increase next April.

                    • EmerBlox
                      EmerBlox  3 weeks back

                      At the beggining , you are praising privitization boosts the economy, okay sure. You're not wrong.

                      Boosts the money of the companies and capitalists tho, the imaginery surplus that is being generated ain't going anyway but for the companies , not the workers and people- their prices , remains the same.

                      Here is the case in my country where people are screaching; OGm We HAvE a BlaSTing EcONomY ReEeeE

                      When my family (they have a good job) and many other people including neighbours sense no raise of income , just raise of prices and the income is only raising to adjust for the rising value. So it's really a illussion, there's no gain of income.

                      GloRy To cAPitALisM I guess.

                      Besides later in the video you have mentioned Iceland's eco breakdown, again- capitalism is flawed.

                      • Jack Dutt
                        Jack Dutt  3 weeks back

                        Iceland going for that late-game push for a culture victory

                        • Chilln0
                          Chilln0  3 weeks back

                          *Then Iceland executes all off its infected citizens*

                          • Cool_Cat007 Smoove
                            Cool_Cat007 Smoove  3 weeks back

                            It's expensive to visit Iceland.

                            • Halfdan Ingolfsson
                              Halfdan Ingolfsson  3 weeks back

                              It is actually a relief for us Icelanders to finally have a reduction in tourism. Things were getting totally out of hand, we were drowning in tourists, were not serving them well and a lot of "cowboys" were exploiting the situation by price-gouging tourists and exploiting employees.
                              We can only hope that a downturn will weed out (bankrupt) the bad apples and that we will finally be able to do a good job of receiving and serving our visitors.

                              • trik
                                trik  3 weeks back

                                Island is 1 time visit country. Is no like Greek or Italy where is nice and worm. Where people will go in same place every 2 year or more often

                                • Pazusky
                                  Pazusky  3 weeks back

                                  I hope that in the future the EU will make it harder for non-European tourists (regardless of their origin) to get visas. This has to do with the fact that this too high tourism makes our cities less worth living in and one constantly has the feeling to live in an open-air museum.

                                  • DJT FOREVER
                                    DJT FOREVER  3 weeks back

                                    I was in Iceland a few days ago. The cost of transport to and from the airport is ridiculously expensive.

                                    • tempodude
                                      tempodude  2 weeks back

                                      Hint: they don't want you anymore.

                                  • bashpr0mpt
                                    bashpr0mpt  3 weeks back

                                    Not for long. The only Bet Din in Iceland has threatened if they don't repeal their circumcision ban that they will get fellow Jews in media around the world to destroy their tourism. Because the six Jewish people in Iceland don't want to have to say "It's our religion." which is an exemption in the ban for genital mutilation of minors. It's easier to be outraged and nepotistic, collude with foreign journalists, and try to destroy a country. Insane, and very, very corrupt.

                                    • DDD BBB
                                      DDD BBB  3 weeks back

                                      It's pronounced Kehf-luh-vik. No accented syllable. No LAH. Takes all of 5 seconds to look up.

                                      • Jovaun Baptiste
                                        Jovaun Baptiste  3 weeks back

                                        5:00 u are wrong my country Trinidad and Tobago qualified for FIFA world cup 2006

                                        • Shaina
                                          Shaina  4 weeks back

                                          You really have a woody for planes

                                          • MrDunger99us
                                            MrDunger99us  1 months back

                                            I have planned my travel to Iceland so well,(up to the minute, where to stay, how long at each destination, what to see, what road to use, what to eat, even started to learn some Icelandic ( just to be polite) , even check the DAYTIME sun location at a particular week, bought tickets through the Wow air( that was bought by Iceland air and got bankrupted)..and now "I can only visit Iceland via youtube" :)- due to ridiculous costs of air traffic and robbing baggage fees by IcelandAir

                                            • Nunovia Gottdamnedbizzness

                                              You failed to mention Bjork Pjark, Iceland's largest theme park dedicated to its most famous entertainer.... Ingrid Ingridsdottir & Her Trained Herring Circus. 🇮🇸😁🇨🇦

                                              • Dharsh Srinath
                                                Dharsh Srinath  1 months back

                                                But WOW Air shut down soooooooooo

                                              • Nuno Ponces
                                                Nuno Ponces  2 months back

                                                I agree with the volcano part, but the football team I don't. Before that Iceland was already very known for what I saw on social media. I think the growth is because many people are looking to "new" countries instead of the "normal" ones, like Hawaii, Maldives, Brazil, and all those tropical places. And Iceland is cheaper, way cheaper to visit than any other I mentioned and with beautiful, amazing, outstanding views. Iceland, Norway, New Zeland, and the Faroe Islands have something unique, beautiful, really amazing in their landscapes.

                                                • Hi Hello
                                                  Hi Hello  2 months back

                                                  Tourism: Exists
                                                  Iceland: It's free real estate

                                                  • fattah_aman
                                                    fattah_aman  2 months back

                                                    You want to know what took Iceland's tourists?

                                                    South East Asia i.e Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta

                                                    • Elísabet B
                                                      Elísabet B  2 months back

                                                      As an Icelander: Thank god the tourism here is collapsing!

                                                      • suckerForPain
                                                        suckerForPain  2 weeks back

                                                        I'm from Namibia. How are you doing...

                                                    • Otilia Colceriu
                                                      Otilia Colceriu  2 months back

                                                      I kind of want to visit Iceland now

                                                      • Oliver Schubert
                                                        Oliver Schubert  2 months back

                                                        Good, Iceland will be overpopulated soon enough, the less people going to Iceland, the better.... Partially a favour in disguise, if you like to see it that way...

                                                        • Cat Shepherd
                                                          Cat Shepherd  2 months back

                                                          Sun and Moon in 2025: Let’s come together over Rejkyavik!
                                                          World’s astronomy geeks: Hold onto your privates, generals! Here we come!

                                                          • NoPegs
                                                            NoPegs  2 months back

                                                            @3:24, was expecting a mention of the penis museum in the list of things people want to see that Iceland has exclusively.... For shame!

                                                            • Daniel Santos
                                                              Daniel Santos  2 months back

                                                              This guy’s segue into his ad for Brilliant at the end was smooth as glass.

                                                              • Alex Jones
                                                                Alex Jones  3 months back

                                                                Iceland should start exporting its cheap geothermal energy to europe. Just needs to build a cable.

                                                                • Jon Jonsson
                                                                  Jon Jonsson  3 months back

                                                                  Keflavík is pronounced Kev-la-veek.
                                                                  Eyjafjallajökull is pronounced Eya-fyet-nya-yokul (or thereabouts).

                                                                  • imcanada
                                                                    imcanada  3 months back

                                                                    "we have often been named the ash cloud cunts" - my history teacher in 2016

                                                                    • imcanada
                                                                      imcanada  3 months back

                                                                      my uncle made iceland economy crash. stoopid loser in jail now haha

                                                                      • Adrian Motley
                                                                        Adrian Motley  3 months back

                                                                        No one wants to visit Saudi Arabia with the difficulty to enter the country and barbaric laws

                                                                        • Joseph Pinkham
                                                                          Joseph Pinkham  3 months back

                                                                          Faster than they can Bill Gates

                                                                          • The End Is Near
                                                                            The End Is Near  3 months back

                                                                            Oil is NOT finite. You're brainwashed, though.

                                                                            • Lucas Weber
                                                                              Lucas Weber  3 months back

                                                                              Thought it said ice lands terrorist revolution

                                                                              • Spenezzet
                                                                                Spenezzet  3 months back

                                                                                4:31 when you choke on chicken tenders

                                                                                • pine cone
                                                                                  pine cone  3 months back

                                                                                  uhhhhhh can i get melbourne to reykakldkwfsdfdsj whatever
                                                                                  it'll take 34 hours but whatever

                                                                                  • lol lol
                                                                                    lol lol  3 months back

                                                                                    4:31 how did he say that

                                                                                    • Patrick Dooley
                                                                                      Patrick Dooley  4 months back

                                                                                      No one gonna comment how he pronounced the volcano. :'D

                                                                                      • jbam
                                                                                        jbam  4 months back

                                                                                        Just keep replaying from 4:31

                                                                                        • H T Awesome
                                                                                          H T Awesome  4 months back

                                                                                          “In 2017, 1/3 of all passengers flew on Wow Air”

                                                                                          Me: Wow!

                                                                                          • Kurt22
                                                                                            Kurt22  4 months back

                                                                                            “Iceland lost the 2016 Euros”
                                                                                            *Haha yeah but not before knocking out England*