Minister of Industries and Tourism Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir said she is certain private landowners at Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland will abandon their plans of charging admission fee to the tourist hotspot.Geysir geothermal area. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
In an interview with RÚV, Ragnheiður reasoned that it will serve nature protection and development of destinations much better to introduce a nature pass, as has been discussed, than to charge admission to selected destinations.
Two thirds of the Geysir area is in private ownership while the Icelandic state owns one third, including the area’s main tourist attractions: erupting hot springs Geysir and Strokkur.
Ragnheiður said charging admission to the area should be avoided and that negotiations on the issue with private landowners in the area will be carried out.