How Tourism Is Destroying Iceland
They all want a piece. In a few decades, Iceland’s tourism has exploded, transforming the country from industrial fishing capital to a sub-arctic vacation hot spot, with foreign visitors increasing by some 264 percent in five years. But not long after the 2008 financial crisis wrecked Iceland’s economy, the influx is impacting the country in myriad ways, from rampant Airbnb growth causing fiscal and social unrest to clueless hikers harming its unique ecosystem. And there are troubling international ramifications: If an affluent nation can’t cope with “overtourism,” how well can developing countries fare?