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The debate continues regarding visitor fees for popular tourist destinations

By Matt Eliason

  • Tourist might have to start paying to see some of Iceland's popular landmarks. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The Icelandic Travel Industry Federation is in discussions to legislate a flat price for visitors traveling to Icelandic's historic landmarks.

Recently, landowners at Geysir began to charge an entrance fee despite criticism from other tourist companies. A month later the act was stopped by the District Court of South Iceland.

Now, the public wants the Travel Industry Federation to intervene in order to control the individual acts illustrated by the owners at the Geysir, in an effort to set up an industry standard for charging tourists.

According to a recent study, the majority of the Icelandic population is opposed to having to pay an entrance fee to visit popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Tourism is one of the Iceland economy's biggest earners, and charging tourists could deter potential visitors from coming to Iceland.

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