Iceland has emerged as the top value European destination for Brits, with the pound rising 4.2 per cent on the Krona. The latest figures released by Post Office Travel Money revealed that British holidaymakers planning to visit Iceland will get an extra £19.95 for every £500 they spend this year.
British people planning to visit the Northern Lights in Iceland this year will find themselves getting more for their money, as sterling gained against half of the top 40 best-selling currencies in 2012, despite the pound falling in recent weeks against the euro.
"The sterling fall in recent weeks makes it doubly important for UK holidaymakers to choose destinations where resort costs are low," said Andrew Brown, an official for the Post Office Travel Money.
Iceland enjoyed a surge of tourism in 2012 as visitor numbers increased 19.1 per cent on 2011. Topping the list of visitors to the country was Britain, representing 27.7 per cent of the total number of tourists that came to Iceland that year. Visitors from America landed in second with 17.4 per cent of Americans visiting Iceland in 2012, followed by Norway with 8.3 per cent.
The main attractions enticing visitors to Iceland include its volcanoes, glaciers, mud pots and thermal pools as well as it being home to Europe’s biggest waterfalls and largest desert.
For Brits looking for good value outside of Europe, Japan is offering good value, with the pound up 18 per cent. The pound is also up 16.7 per cent in Brazil and 15 per cent in Argentina and South Africa.
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