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Environment Minister Opens New Path at Gullfoss

Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir opened a new path by the waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s biggest attractions, during a formal ceremony on Wednesday.

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Gullfoss. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The path is dedicated to Sigrídur Tómasdóttir at Brattholt who fought for the waterfall’s protection in the early 1900s and information signs about her and the waterfall are placed by the new path in four different languages, Morgunbladid reports.

“Now we have further strengthened the facilities around one of Iceland’s biggest natural treasures with significant improvements in accessibility for tourists,” the minister said at the opening, mentioning that Tómasdóttir had perhaps been the country’s first environmental activist.

Last year Svavarsdóttir requested that the Environment Agency of Iceland make an evaluation of which tourist destinations were at a risk of destruction due to lack of sufficient infrastructure to sustain a steady stream of travelers, and Gullfoss was named as one of these destinations.

“I requested special funding to protect these places […] and the highest amount went to these improvements at Gullfoss,” Svavarsdóttir said.

She stressed the importance of tending to Iceland’s nature, pointing out that 80 percent of foreign tourists come to enjoy nature.

“We have to show nature respect and contribute the funds necessary so that it won’t lose its value of protection and thereby its attraction,” the minister concluded.

Click here to read more about the attractions red-listed by the Environment Agency.

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