I thought the politicians comments were not artfully stated but I agree with some of the thoughts behind it. My mother is Icelandic, I lived in Iceland for many years and I visit every two years.
The most refreshing aspect of Iceland is its unspoiled nature, cities and villages. It has not often catered to the tourist trap mentality and the attractions were in decidedly good taste. In the last two visits, I’ve seen this practice being reversed. The airport is good, the roads are good but some places are in my opinion going the wrong way.
Parts of Laugavegur and Bankastræti are fading. Þórsmörk is being overwhelmed. Landmannalaugar has been overwhelmed. Skaftafell, formerly my favorite spot in the world, is devastated. These are just my opinions and I do support and understand the need for people to make a living.
I am concerned that Iceland is once again putting their eggs in too few baskets. While Iceland should encourage tourism, they should look to diversify in other areas. I don’t see this being done and I think Iceland is more vulnerable as a result. I hope I’m wrong.
And Reykjavik has become too crowded!
Paul, Brunswick, New York, USA