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Plans to Move Skógafoss Parking Lot Further Away, Start Charging

By Erik Pomrenke

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Construction of the new parking lot near Skógafoss, a popular waterfall on Iceland’s South Coast, is currently underway and scheduled to be completed by September 15. Vísir reports.

The development of the new parking will increase the distance to the waterfall, and some within the tourism industry have critiqued the decision, as it may make the waterfall less accessible to elderly and disabled people. Anton Kári Halldórsson, mayor of the municipality, has defended the development and stated that the new path will only be some 500 metres.

Paid parking to begin in September

In conversation with Vísir, Anton confirmed that the new parking fee would begin in September. He also stated that it would be comparable to other tourist destinations in region, citing Þingvellir and Seljalandsfoss.

“You pay, and there’s no time limit at the site,” he said. “You can choose to pay through an app, online, or at the machine. There will be a camera system there.” The new parking lot is reported to be about twice as large as the former.

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As stated, the decision has proved unpopular among some in the tourism industry.

Icelandic authorities have stated in the past that tourism needs to be slowed down, and that increasing the time visitors spend at each individual site provides both a better visitor experience and is also more sustainable, as it better spreads the environmental impact of mass tourism. Some have viewed the recent developments at the popular waterfall as a part of this initiative, which seeks to slow down visitors to Iceland.

The new, longer path to the waterfall could also complicate matters for less mobile visitors. Responding to to Vísir, Anton stated that further developments are in the pipeline as well, including a new viewing platform for the waterfall, a new visitor centre, new bathroom facilities, and a new building for the ranger.

He stated further that the construction has gone well so far and it has not impacted the tourist experience at the site.

 

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