Coast Guard to Challenge Stokksnes Entrance Fee

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Coast Guard to Challenge Stokksnes Entrance Fee

By Zoë Robert
Tourists in Reykjavík

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic Coast Guard is to request an injunction against the landowner charging an entrance fee to Stokksnes near Höfn í Hornafirði, Southeast Iceland. The site, which is by the coast, is a popular destination for both tourists and families.

According to the Coast Guard, the landowner has begun charging visitors a fee for entering the land despite the fact that the Coast Guard is leasing the land and operates a tracking station at the site, visir.is reports. 

The landowner closed the road to the area over the weekend and began charging ISK 600 (USD 5, EUR 4) to enter the area, arguing that as the state does not participate in the maintenance of the road it is necessary to raise the necessary funds through an entrance fee.

The charging of entrance fees by landowners in Iceland this year has caused widespread debate.

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