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Popular Tourist Destinations in Bad Shape

Leirhnúkur.

Leirhnúkur is among the areas that landowners wanted to close after this summer. Photo: Uwe Lexow.

Landowners of Reykjahlíð in Mývatnssveit, North Iceland, wanted to close down three tourist destinations after the summer, as they had all suffered damages. The Environmental Agency, however, didn‘t deem it necessary for emergency closures.

The areas in question are Leirhnúkur, Víti and Hverir. All of them are very popular tourist destinations, although none of them will see any improvements in the foreseeable future. A project manager at the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland had previously told RÚV that the conditions over at Víti were the worst in the entire country.

Guðrún María Valgeirsdóttir is the chairman of the local landowner‘s association. "We spoke with the Environmental Agency because these areas have been damaged. There is great traffic there and strain and people deemed it necessary to close them in order to prevent permanent damages. It took them two months to reach the decision that there was no need for an emergency closure.“

According to Guðrún, landowners haven't made enough revenue from the areas in order to spend money on improving them.

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