Nearly 70 percent of Icelanders support the charging of a fee to visit popular natural sites in the country, according to a new survey by daily Fréttablaðið and Stöð 2 television station.Gullfoss waterfall. Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The survey found that more men than women support the fee as do those over 50, visir.is reports.
Supporters of the Pirate Party are most opposed to the plan with around 50 percent against the introduction of fees.
In an interview with RÚV last week, Tourism Minister Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir said that she would like to see the introduction of a nature pass rather than charge admission at selected destinations, as this, she reasoned, will better serve nature protection and development of destinations.
Preparations for a payment system are underway and are expected to be ready before next summer.