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Iceland to Establish National Park in Westfjords

By Yelena

Photo: Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources.

The Westfjords is set to receive a national park that would encompass the popular Dynjandi waterfall, according to a notice from the Environment Ministry. The Environment Agency of Iceland is now working with a task force to establish the park and protect the areas it covers across

Sites included within the planned park are Vatnsfjörður, Surtarbrandsgil, Geirþjófsfjörður, and the land under Dynjandi waterfall as well as the farmstead Hrafnseyri in Arnarfjörður fjord, the birthplace of Iceland’s independence hero Jón Sigurðsson. The park would this include both natural sites and sites of historic importance to Iceland.

“There are few national parks in Iceland, not least considering how magnificent the nature is that can be found here,” stated Environment Minister Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson. “I see great opportunities in establishing a national park in the southern Westfjords, not least for the protection of our nature and culture, but also for opportunities for job creation that attraction entails for the region as a whole, as the area is unique and different from other areas where there are national parks today.”

RARIK, the official energy corporation of Iceland, the previous owner of the land on which Dynjandi waterfall is located, gifted that land to the Icelandic state last September, which was one principal impetus for the establishment of the park.

The Environment Agency is asking the public to suggest names for the national park. Submissions can be entered via their website.

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