It was bound to happen. When you encourage millions of tourists to come join the party over here with no oversight or planning whatsoever you will get what you sow. Like thousands of tourists wasting not a moment´s thought on why you really should not pee and crap wherever they lay their hats.
The local joke about the Golden Circle, the tour between Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir, being golden because of tourists taking a dump wherever they stop is an old one. The new joke is found pretty much near every car park or secluded area in Iceland. Along with the always stunning nature you might well also be greeted by used toilet paper blowing in the wind.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]the next step you take might be straight into a smelly mess on the ground[/blockquote]
Now, team Total Iceland has been warning about this from time immemorial but when there is money to be made in a quick and painless way the voices of reason tend to drown out quickly. Apart from perhaps two or three massively popular spots in the whole of Iceland there is not adequate toilet facilities anywhere and when you have to go, you have to go.
Fair enough. Just be aware on popular tourist spots that the next step you take might be straight into a smelly mess on the ground. Also be aware if you find yourself in a spot with decent facilities the wait can be long and boring and the toilet itself less than impressive.