8 Would you visit somewhere that’s oversubscribed?
Iceland welcomed around 2.3m tourists in 2017 – nearly seven times its population (332,000). So, we ask: would you still visit somewhere that’s experiencing overtourism?
YES Steve Luther, Wanderlust
reader “Yes, I would absolutely still visit, and I did again last summer. Just to automatically say it’s overcrowded and not go, I think, would be an injustice of sorts. Iceland is a beautiful country, and the more people who visit and experience its beauty, natural wonders and warm hospitality, the more we, as outsiders, can understand the issues facing the country and perhaps contribute towards a solution that benefits not only future tourists but also the people who live there as well.”
NO Ronan Maenardo, Wanderlust
reader “I’d steer clear as much as possible. I went to Iceland in 2013 and there wasn’t much hype then. I try to avoid crowded places when I travel because it’s easier to get in touch with locals. People shouldn’t be afraid to get away from the beaten path. The same thing happened to Prague – it’s now crowded and everything is more expensive. Let’s not even talk about Venice, right.”