Iceland’s 5 Star Campground

When we last visited Iceland it was a sparse, frigid moonscape with a strangely vibrant cultural scene.  There were next to no tourists, despite Icelandic Air’s best attempts at getting people to spend a day or so there on the cheap NYC-Europe flights. Thanks to one of the most successful re-branding and marketing efforts ever, they have increased their tourist flow massively. Bringing 2.3 million tourists into a nation of 334,000 people has caused some disruptions. Those half-empty hotels are now booked far in advance and at rates a multiple of what they used to be. But Icelanders are an inventive, resourceful people, so they have established a huge 5-star 900-person city campground to accommodate the influx. It’s $20/night vs $608 for our favorite, Hotel Borg.


David Stewart
David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.

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