A BRITISH woman has revealed her shock at being told she couldn’t book a trip with an Icelandic tour company because of Brexit.
Jenny Skates had enquired about a nine-hour trip to the south of the country with Trollaferdir, but was told that places were “reserved for members of the European Union.”
The company added: “We hear you are exiting. So tough luck.”
When Jenny mentioned that Britain hadn’t actually left the EU yet during her online chat with a Trollaferdir employee, she got no response.
The company’s CEO Ingólfur Axelsson has since claimed that the comment was a joke and that his phone battery had died before he could deliver the punchline.
He told The Independent: “This was a 'bad joke' in combination with a cell phone running out of battery.
“I received a message asking, 'Do you do tours to the Death Star,' and I honestly thought that someone was making fun so I casually answered seeing that the supposed joker was from the UK, 'We only offer tours to space for members of the EU.'
"We try to be fun and vibrant and witty but sometimes we obviously fail."
Iceland has become one of the hottest holiday destinations in the world recently, thanks to its filming locations for Game Of Thrones, as well as increased awareness of the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights.
In fact, it is so popular that the number of annual visitors to the country has increased five times over since 2010, from 490,000 in 2010 to an estimated 2.3 million this year.
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Concerned that the rural idyll is about to be overwhelmed, authorities are now considering introducing a new tourism tax by increasing the current levy on hotel rooms, or restricting the numbers that can visit popular locations.
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