Environment Agency: Unnecessary to Close Popular Reykjadalur Hiking Trail Skip to content

Environment Agency: Unnecessary to Close Popular Reykjadalur Hiking Trail

By Erik Pomrenke

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Photo: Golli.

The hiking trail in Reykjadalur has become treacherous due to heavy foot traffic, according to local authorities. RÚV reports.

The trail is described as a muddy mess, with numerous pools of water forming and parts of the path eroding. The mayor of Hveragerði, the town where the trail is located, is calling for it to be closed until it can be repaired. However, the Environment Agency of Iceland has rejected the request, stating that there is no immediate danger to hikers.

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The area has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, with many visitors hiking the trail over the Easter holiday. Local rescue teams have expressed concern over the conditions and have been monitoring the situation. They warn that the trail is becoming increasingly dangerous, with some sections starting to give way.

Despite the warnings, some tourists seem unfazed by the conditions and continue to visit the popular spot.

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With increasing numbers of tourists visiting Iceland, local authorities have found it difficult to preserve the conditions of natural sites while still maintaining access for the public. The case of Reykjadalur is the latest example of this balancing act.

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