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Impact of Visitor Numbers to Látrabjarg Seen

By Iceland Review

The number of tourists visiting Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff, and the western-most point of Europe, has increased significantly in recent years. The impact is starting to show in some places, reports.

latrabjarg_pkLátrabjarg. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

According to traffic counts carried out by the Icelandic Road Administration last summer, an average of 141 vehicles per day traveled the road to Látrabjarg in the West Fjords from June 1 to September 30, or a total of 12,700 vehicles in four months.

The Environment Agency of Iceland website states that the increase in visitors has had a visible impact on the environment. The agency has made an agreement with landowners to monitor and take care of the area during the summer months.

Volunteers for the Environment Agency have begun construction of walking paths where the impact is greatest and stress that the project will be carried out with minimal impact on the environment.


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