Icelandic State to Acquire Geysir Hot Spring Area Skip to content

Icelandic State to Acquire Geysir Hot Spring Area

Negotiations of the state’s purchase of the part of the Geysir hot spring area still in private ownership are in the final stages. The state already owns the spouting Strokkur and Geysir, and other famous hot springs, but that is only a small part of the area.

The total area measures 20 hectares and the state currently owns about seven, Morgunbladid reports.

Once the state acquires the area, operations will likely be undertaken to protect the hot springs and ensure the safety of tourists. In recent years, accidents have occurred in the area, which is a major tourist attraction.

Disputes between the state and other land owners in the Geysir region caused delay in operations to improve safety and access to the area. A few years ago the state planned to make new pathways, but canceled those plans after objections from other land owners.

One of the other land owners’ lawyers Páll Arnór Pálsson said his clients had been upset by how the state’s representatives had behaved at that time; they had ignored other owners in the region by planning operations without their acceptance.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article