Fjaðrárgljúfur to Remain Closed Until June

Fjaðrárgljúfur walking path

The Environmental Agency of Iceland is extending its closure of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in South Iceland, RÚV reports. It will now be closed until June 1.

The closure of the popular nature site was originally only intended to last two weeks in order to allow trails and vegetation to recover from damage from high pedestrian foot traffic and thawing weather conditions.

This is the second time this year the canyon is closed to visitors due to environmental damage caused by increased visitors. Fjaðrárgljúfur was also closed last spring for the same reason.

The number of tourists visiting the canyon nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, in part due to Justin Bieber’s music video for “I’ll Show You,” filmed at the location. The video, released in late 2015, has over 400 million views on YouTube.

The Environment Agency says that the canyon may be reopened earlier than June 1, but only if conditions allow.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon Closed Again

Fjaðrárgljúfur walking path

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, a popular tourist site in South Iceland, has been closed to visitors. A notice on the Environmental Agency of Iceland’s website states the area has been damaged greatly by pedestrian traffic, combined with thawing weather conditions. The closure took effect this morning and will stand for a period of two weeks, at which time the Environment Agency will re-evaluate the condition of the area.

This is the second time this year the canyon is closed to visitors due to environmental damage caused by increased visitors. Fjaðrárgljúfur was also closed last spring for the same reason.

The number of tourists visiting the canyon nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, in part due to Justin Bieber’s music video for I’ll Show You, filmed at the location. The video, released in late 2015, has over 400 million views on YouTube.

“Please help us to protect the nature and respect closing in nature conservation areas,” the Environment Agency’s notice states.

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