Path between the plates at Thingvellir. Number of tourists are growing so much a part of this area could be closed off for a while. PIC Tanya Hart

Path between the plates at Thingvellir. Number of tourists are growing so much a part of this area could be closed off for a while. PIC Tanya Hart

In spite of all appearances Iceland is dirt poor. Too poor even to keep their most prized natural site in order. Which is why you might not be able to walk around freely at the famous Thingvellir National Park this summer.

This is good news for delicate and downtrodden nature but bad for tourists coming a long way for first class nature. This is being contemplated as spring is soon upon us and after a harder than usual winter the nature is more delicate than ever. More open to wounds as can be evidenced right now at Thingvellir and most other popular tourist sites in Iceland. Walking paths are muddy and unappealing which mean folks tend to walk outside of the paths creating mud and destruction beside the paths too. Being nature this is not easily fixed and certainly not when thousands upon thousands gather here day in day out.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]We have but one Thingvellir[/blockquote]

Authorities are short staffed and starved of funds and the only way to protect the fragile lands here is damage control by closure. It is still only an idea but its being discussed seriously and could be a fact quickly if agreement is reached.

Team Total Iceland favors the idea. We have but one Thingvellir and nobody is visiting Iceland for muddy fields anyway. We will let you know when and if this becomes reality.