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New Improvements Begin Around Stuðlagil Canyon

By Erik Pomrenke

Photo: Einar Pall Svavarsson – Wikimedia Commons.

Work has now officially begun to further improve access for tourists to Stuðlagil Canyon, with plans to significantly enhance and expand walking paths in the area this summer, along with the installation of four new footbridges. The new developments are intended to increase safety and accessibility at the popular tourist site. Austur Frétt reports.

An increasingly popular tourist site

Stuðlagil Canyon, located in East Iceland, is renowned for its stunning basalt column formations and dramatic scenery. In recent years, Stuðlagil has become one of the most popular natural attractions in Iceland due to its unique geological features that have made it a sensation on social media. The area was relatively unknown until its recent explosion in popularity, meaning that the area has remained more or less undeveloped. However, access to Stuðlagil Canyon has improved in recent years with the development of hiking trails and footbridges, making it more accessible to visitors.

Four new footbridges, expanded paths

Permission for the project was obtained from Múlaþing municipality in early June. The development will expand and improve extant walking paths, making them also accessible to ATVs. This is important for future maintenance, as the vehicles are used to transport material to and from the remote area.
In addition, four new footbridges will be added to the area. Upon completion of the development, it will be possible to take a circular path around the popular area, which planners hope will better distribute the visitors to the site.

The majority of the work is expected to be completed before this winter, with the project fully concluded in summer of next year.


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