From Iceland — State Protests Admission Fee At Geysir

State Protests Admission Fee At Geysir

Published January 18, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
David Lillie

A law firm has sent a letter of protest on behalf of the Icelandic state
to the landowner’s group who plan to charge admission for popular
tourist site Geysir, reports Vísir.

Currently the Icelandic state owns a 25% share of the land owned by the landowner’s group.

However, Landslög Law Firm specified in their letter to the landowner’s group that a bill of sale, dating back to 1935, proved that the precise areas of land on which Geysir, Strokkur and Blesi are located, are in fact wholly state-owned. Therefore the landowner’s group are not legally allowed to charge admission fees without first obtaining the approval of the Icelandic state.

The law firm added that should the landowner’s group move forward with charging admission for the attraction, the Icelandic State reserve the right to stop such activity, even if it means taking the landowner’s group to court.

Representatives of the state have made it clear they would be willing to meet with the landowners to discuss some kind of compromise that would best preserve the area and serve the increasing number of tourists.

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