The municipality of outer Rángárþing, South Iceland, has decided to host a competition for the organization and design of a visitors’ area surrounding the Landmannalaugar hot springs. The project is co-sponsored by the Environment Agency of Iceland and the Icelandic Association of Landscape Architects, Fréttatíminn reports.
The deadline for the first round of applications is July 10, but the three to six groups that will be chosen to participate, and which will be paid for the submissions, have until November to complete their proposals.
The area in question is 1.7 km2 and is contained within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, reaching from the current service area at Landmannalaugar to Grænagil and north to Norðurnámshraun.
The redesign of the service area is expected to include accommodation for the Environment Agency, as well as a visitors’ center, restaurant and guesthouse services, accommodations for both staff and park rangers, as well as for guests on day trips and tour groups. Additionally, improvements will be made to the path and road system in the area and the facilities surrounding the natural pools.