From Iceland — Entry Fees Coming To A Scenic Area Near You

Entry Fees Coming To A Scenic Area Near You

Published June 18, 2013

The idea of charging for access to Iceland’s popular tourist attractions is presenting itself again, with the Minister of Industry and Commerce saying that she is working with other Ministries to make fees a reality in the near future.
Minister Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir says that there is more willingness within the travel industry than previously to initiate charges for access to natural wonders that are popular with tourists, RÚV reports. Ragnheiður and her peers in Althingi have yet to determine how a fee would be implemented, but are working on a couple of options.
“For example, one idea is that some kind of general fee could be paid so that a fee won’t have to be paid to see each attraction,” Ragnheiður said.
As is the case every time the concept of charging for access to Iceland’s nature comes about the perennial question of whether Icelanders would have to pay a fee arises. Ragnheiður does not have the answer and says that she will have to continue to review the situation prior to making any decisions.
However, she did tell RÚV that there is an urgency to implementing a fee, saying it could be implemented “hopefully next summer, but it will depend on how discussions go.”

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