Published on : Saturday, March 18, 2017
According to a new report by the Icelandic Road Administration, last year more than half of foreign tourists who visited Iceland, 960,000 to be precise rented a car and drove on average 230 km (143 mi) a day.
It is almost double than in 2014 and nearly six times as many as in 2009 when 166,000 rented cars.
The average distance driven in the wintertime was close to 1,100 km (684 mi), but nearly twice as long in the summer, or 2,150 km (1,336 mi). The total distance driven by all foreign tourists combined last year was 540 million km (336 million mi), assuming that there were three people in each car. That amounts to 20 percent of total distance travelled by Icelanders in private cars that year. The 540 million km driven by foreign tourists last year is six times the comparable distance driven in 2009 and twice what in was in 2014, representing an equally increased strain on the road system by rental cars.
It has been decided to allocate over ISK 100 million (USD 918,000, EUR 852,000) to the project safetravel.is.