Entrance fee is now being charged from tourists at crater Kerið in Grímsnes, South Iceland. Land owners of the area closed access of tourist groups to Kerið in 2008, stating the delicate landscape was under damage from the traffic and that the crater had to be preserved better, mbl.is reports.
They‘ve set up a company, Kerfélagið, to control public‘s attendance to the geological wonder; fenced off the area, set up a website about Kerið and are now steering the traffic of tour buses to the area and charging visitors. The entrance fee is 350 ISK/2 EUR/3 USD per person but children aged 12 and younger get free admission.
This is the first time fee collection is taken up at a popular tourist spot in Iceland, but newly elected Minister of Industry and Commerce has recently stated that fee collection at the most popular tourist sights of Iceland will start next year.