Iceland is planning to add a tourism tax that could make travel to the country more expensive. The new fees could include requiring bus tour companies to get special licenses and raising the hotel levy that already exists.
They could also start limiting the number of tourists allowed in certain areas. The country’s tourism minister Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir has spoken about the reasons behind plan.
“This sector and all of us have to be careful not to become victims to our own success. Some areas are simply unable to facilitate one million visitors every year; if we allow more people into areas like that, we’re losing what makes them special—unique pearls of nature that are a part of our image and of what we’re selling.”
Iceland has had its number of American tourists double between 2014 and 2016.