Parking fees will soon be charged at the three major parking lots in Þingvellir National Park. Meters have been ordered, but are not expected for a further 4-6 weeks.
Fees will vary depending on vehicle size. Sedans will be charged ISK 500 (USD 4/ EUR 3), jeeps and minivans ISK 750 (USD 6/ EUR 5), and buses carrying 9-14 passengers ISK 1,500 (USD 11/ EUR 10), while all larger passenger buses will be charged ISK 3000 (USD 22/ EUR 20).
“This has been planned for a while, and great care has been taken in regards to all legal aspects of the initiative,” park ranger Ólafur Örn Haraldsson told Vísir.
He adds that a clear distinction should be made between admission fees and service fees. No fee will be charged for access to the national park, only for services rendered.
Constructing and maintaining parking lots is a significant investment which costs the park an estimated 50 million ISK (USD 376,250/ EUR 337,760) annually.
Annual revenue from collected fees is expected to be around 40-50 million ISK (USD 300,000-376,250/ EUR 270,350-337,760).