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Reykjanes Eruption: Landowners Ban Helicopter Landings

By Yelena

Geldingadalir reykjanes eruption volcano
Photo: Golli. The Geldingadalir eruption.

Helicopter company Norðurflug has been banned from landing at the eruption site by the landowners of the area, Fréttablaðið reports. The landowners state helicopters are disruptive and spoil the experience of hikers at the site. Norðurflug representatives say the fee landowners are demanding is exorbitant.

The ongoing volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula is located on a private lot of land called Hraun. On June 29, the landowners of Hraun filed a court injunction to ban Norðurflug from landing at the site. One other helicopter company, Halo, also lands at the eruption site, but they have reached an agreement with the landowners regarding a landing fee.

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Norðurflug and the owners of Hraun had been negotiating for some time regarding a landing fee that would be paid by the helicopter company to the landowners but had failed to find a price both parties would accept. Norðurflug says they are prepared to pay landowners for access to the area, but have pointed out that the price proposed by them, (reportedly 20,000 ISK) is much higher than the price they pay to land at Reykjavík Airport, for example, (around 5,000 ISK), where helicopter operators have access to services. If landowners are charging for access to the eruption, Norðurflug representatives state, they should provide services in return, which Norðurflug says is currently not the case.

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