Residents of downtown Reykjavík are concerned about the increase in accommodation for tourists in the area. Chairman of the Residents Association of Downtown Reykjavík, Sverrir Þ. Sverrisson, told ruv.is that residents feel that the area has turned into an area for hotels and guesthouses and is no longer a residential area as it once was.
Downtown Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Sverrir said that parts of downtown Reykjavík are virtually crowded with guesthouses. While residents are not opposed to tourists, Sverrir explained that residents would like developers and the tourism industry to take the bigger picture into consideration.
According to Sverrir, the development is also bad for tourists. “It is not exciting if there are just hotels and guesthouses,” he said.