Air travel to Iceland up in 2017

More travelers are taking a break from the heat by visiting Iceland, according to new analysis by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the company said.

The number of people flying roundtrip to Iceland from the US so far in 2017 has increased 42 percent to 62,300 compared to 44,000 during the same time in 2016.

ARC also found that the average roundtrip ticket price to fly to Iceland from the US has decreased 10 percent from nearly USD 900 in 2016 to USD 800 in 2017.

Similarly, Iceland bookings made through ARC MarketPlace–a website that provides travel agents with worldwide activities and tours for their clients–have also increased by 116 percent from 560 in 2016 to more than 1,200 in 2017.

The top five Iceland activities booked through ARC MarketPlace for 2017 were:

Blue Lagoon spa with roundtrip transport from Reykjavik
Grand Golden Circle day trip from Reykjavik
Golden Circle classic day trip from Reykjavik
City sightseeing Reykjavik hop-on hop-off tour
Northern Lights night tour from Reykjavik
Due to the increased bookings, ARC MarketPlace recently launched a city page highlighting top attractions in Iceland.

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2016, ARC settled USD 86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for nearly 7,000 travel agencies with more than 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.