As of yesterday, visitors to Geysir must pay an entrance fee of ISK 600 (USD 5, EUR 4). The introduction of a fee has been widely debated.
The Selfoss District Commissioner rejected an injunction demand from the State Treasury to prevent the fee from being charged, ruv.is reports. The State Treasury intends to take the case to court.
The area receives up to 6,000 visitors per day and landowners say that the fee will be used for development and protection of the area. The idea has been harshly criticized by some in the tourism industry.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Finance, the land within the fenced area is owned by the state as set out in an agreement from 1935. The government therefore considers it unlawful for the landowners to make a unilateral decision about implementing a fee. Funds, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee says, should come from implementing a nature pass system or other methods.