Once again, tourists are treading on thin ice, this time by Gullfoss waterfall. A video, made and posted on YouTube Saturday, shows large numbers of tourists disregarding signs indicating a trail by the waterfall is closed because of icy conditions, RÚV reports. The people step over the chain meant to keep them out, one couple even holding a baby. Many of them have trouble staying on their feet on the icy trail. You can watch the video below:
Tourist safety has been widely discussed lately. A recent report by ICE-SAR revealed that 12 tourists broke their bones on icy trails by Gullfoss in three months, according to RÚV. That same report also showed the frequency of fatal accidents among tourists, Icelandic as well as foreign. According to those figures, the annual number of fatal accidents has been decreasing since 2007, with the exception of 2013 and 2015.
The need for increased infrastructure in tourism has been emphasized lately, but warning signs, such as those on Reynisfjara beach, where a man lost his life February 10, tend to be disregarded. Since 2010, the website safetravel.is has served an important role in increasing tourist safety. Travelers are also advised to check road.is for road conditions and en.vedur.is for the latest on weather.
Recently, a web-based marketing program called Iceland Academy was launched by Promote Iceland, intended to encourage responsible conduct by tourists and their safety.