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Divided Opinions on the Future of Thingvellir Lot

By Iceland Review

Seven MPs were elected to the parliament’s Thingvellir Committee yesterday. They disagree on what should happen to the lot in the national park where Hótel Valhöll used to stand—their first large project. The hotel burned to the ground on July 10.

Hotel Valhöll in Thingvellir (before the fire). Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

No decision has been made on whether a new building should be constructed on the lot or whether the turf which was laid on the scorched ground after the remains of the hotel were demolished should stay, Fréttabladid reports.

“My personal opinion is that nothing should be constructed on the lot,” said Valgerdur Bjarnadóttir, one of two representatives for the Social Democrats who have a seat on the committee.

“I believe that it should be a meeting-place for all Icelanders, but I haven’t formed an opinion on what kind of a place it should be,” commented Höskuldur Thórhallsson, the Progressive Party’s representative on the committee.

Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir of the Independence Party said that she doubts a hotel will be operated in Thingvellir in the future.

Other MPs who have a seat on the committee are Álfheidur Ingadóttir and Atli Gíslason from the Left-Green Movement, Björgvin G. Sigurdsson of the Social Democrats and Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir of the Independence Party.

Click here to read more about the fire in Hótel Valhöll.

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