Inspired by eruptions? Eyjafjallajökull and icelandic tourism

Karl Benediktsson*, Katrín Anna Lund, Edward Huijbens

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Abstract

The paper deals with the complex meaning of risk for tourism mobilities. The impact of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption on tourism in Iceland is outlined, as well as the response of Icelandic tourist authorities. A survey in June and July 2010 among international tourists in the country revealed that for many the eruption had added considerable depth to their travel experiences. The sense of risk affects the relation between mobile travellers and their destination. The paper also analyses how events such as the eruption can facilitate new paths towards being sensitive to the natural world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalMobilities
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ejafjallajökull
  • Iceland
  • Risk
  • The sublime
  • Tourism

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