Court Bans Geysir Entrance Fee

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Court Bans Geysir Entrance Fee

By Zoë Robert
Geysir

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic State has obtained an injunction against landowners in the Geysir area, prohibiting them from charging an entrance fee to Geysir, according to a decision by the South Iceland District Court earlier this morning, visir.is reports. 

The introduction of a fee in mid-March has been widely debated. 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.

As reported, according to the government, 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.

A nature pass system and other fee collection methods are also being discussed.

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