This majestic area is slowly being carved to pieces by idiotic tour operators and travelers caring nothing about respecting nature. PIC clesanne

This majestic area is slowly being carved to pieces by idiotic tour operators and travelers caring nothing about respecting nature. PIC clesanne

Want to try your hand at some Icelandic? Try saying „Friðland að fjallabaki.“ 

Yeah, not so easy is it. Its meaning is roughly a protected area over the mountains and is the local name used for the magnificent place in and around such unique spots as Landmannalaugar and Hrafntinnusker in the southwest highland of Iceland.

The area has been a magnet for nature lovers for years and years but with tourism boom the numbers of visitors have multiplied in what seems like a millisecond and what has been classified as mostly untouched and pristine and treated as such is under serious threat.

Nowadays in summertime, not only is the awesome view interrupted by tens and tens of large tour buses and humongous four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying unknown numbers of tourists but even when the area is closed off due to the delicate nature some tour operators and tourist think nothing of carrying on anyway. This is evidenced by deep tracks in many places here mostly through green moss which take hundreds of years to grow.

The local government seems not to care much. No money is being spent to step up security. On the contrary, local police is too short staffed to do much and greedy tour operators too many to count. As always, money is the root of evil here too.

Two things you should do if contemplating a trip to this area of Iceland. Either hurry to visit this place before the destruction becomes totally irreversible or show the decency NOT to do business with any company offering trips here outside of high summer. Only then is the highland of Iceland accessible without leaving marks for centuries to come.

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