Increasing numbers of visitors have put a significant strain on the facilities at Landmannalaugar, reports RÚV.
Landmannalaugar, a popular highland hiking area known for its hot natural pools, has recently installed new changing facilities to accommodate the increasing numbers. However, the recent construction has raised concerns for some, as they feel it obstructs the view and limits the overall experience.
Over 130,000 tourists visit the area annually, with the majority opting for day trips.
Additional plans are underway to renovate the facility, including a new service hut with a dining area and shop, a man-made swimming pool, and more. The latest addition of new changing rooms is the first step in this development project.
Inga Dóra Hrólfsdóttir, manager of nature conservation at the Environment Agency, stated to RÚV that the facilities are necessary, in light of the increased volume: “This is just a renovation of the existing changing rooms, which are merely walls with pegs to hang towels or clothes.”
“There is still a fantastic view of Landmannalaugar all around,” she continued.
Approximately 2-3,000 visit Landmannalaugar daily, averaging around 20-30 tour buses, and increasing numbers of jeeps and rental cars.