About 70% Support Entrance Fees For Natural Sites - The Reykjavik Grapevine

About 70% Support Entrance Fees For Natural Sites

Published November 4, 2013

About 70% of Icelanders support the idea of charging fees to visit some of Iceland’s natural wonders.
As reported, land owners of the renowned Geysir will begin charging visitors a fee next year, the proceeds of which would go to the care and upkeep of the site. The decision has been controversial, as the Icelandic government owns a percentage of the land around Geysir, and there is divided opinion within parliament over whether or not to start charging money to visit natural sites.
Vísir now reports that 69.6% of Icelanders support the idea of entrance fees for Iceland’s more popular natural attractions. The highest levels of support were among men over the age of 50 who vote for the Independence Party.
While those hailing from every party in parliament were mostly in favour of an entrance fee – with the exception of the Pirates, who were evenly divided on the matter – levels of support and opposition still varied. Amongst parties not split down the middle on the issue, voters for Bright Future showed the lowest support and greatest opposition to the idea, at 65.4% and 34.6% respectively.
If the measure is passed, entrance fees for Geysir and other locations could begin next year. No word yet as to what amount would be charged for admission.


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