Iceland is a pretty small and niche market for visitors, so you might think that the tourists that visit are all very similar. If you look closer, you will see that we come in many different forms…
The hipster. Went one year for Iceland Airwaves, and has returned every year ever since. Primary interest is Icelandic music. Other identifying characteristics are glasses and artfully messy hair.
The excited-first-timer. Has extensively researched their first trip, viewing thousands of photos of the same waterfalls. Looking forward to seeing the Northern Lights, elves, whales, and meeting Björk all in one trip.
The scared-first-timer. Has done no research and is now panicking about their two week road trip in February. Worrying about the weather, the car, volcanoes, the food and the prices. Most likely to contact Iceland bloggers in desperation.
The never-again. Usually only in Iceland to accompany a friend/partner who was passionate about visiting. Spends trip dying of boredom in the car, appearing windblown in photos and wondering where all the “things to do” are. Counting the days until they can go home.
The cruise ship day tripper. Comes for a few hours and spends a lot of money. Easily herded and just happy to be off the boat. Could this be the perfect tourist?
The cheapskate. Has come to Iceland determined not to spend any more money. Stubbornly existing on crackers and living in basic campsites or the side of the road. Particularly objects to high prices in the countryside. In extreme cases can also be found on tour buses that have come from the ferry packed with imported food and alcohol.
The foolhardy. Put themselves in easily avoidable dangerous situations. Think that their superior survival skills can easily handle Icelandic nature. Then require volunteer rescue due to storms, no sense of direction, and/or lack of common sense.
The addict. Visits Iceland over and over again because they haven’t found anywhere else they like as much. They are doomed to keep circling the Ring Road eating hot dogs for the rest of their lives. Goes to Iceland for the shopping instead of the normal way around, therefore also has no money.
The majority. Visits a combination of Reykjavík, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. Goes home raving about how unspoiled and quiet these places are.
I confess, I have fit into one or two of these stereotypes myself. I wanted to make this a list of 10 rather than 9, but just couldn’t think of one more. Am I missing any stereotypes that are unique to Iceland tourists? Which one is most like you?