Representatives of the Viðey Island Association say the increase in the number and size of cruise ships in addition to harbor development and dredging of the Viðey channel is contributing towards the erosion of the island, which lies off Reykjavík.
A cruise ship in Faxaflói Bay (Viðey island in the background). Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The association has appealed to Faxaflóahafnir (Faxaflói Bay Harbor Management) to prevent further erosion on the south and east of Viðey, Fréttablaðið reports.
As reported earlier this month, 81 vessels with space for 100,000 guests were booked to arrive this summer. Seventy-six vessels have already made bookings for next summer.
Marketing manager for Faxaflóahafnir Ágúst Ágústsson calculates that next year at least four ships carrying 4-5,000 passengers will be docked in Reykjavík harbor at any one time, including two very large vessels.