Nature takes a break from tourists

Nature takes a break from tourists

Due to the epidemic and the suspension of tourism, the number of people visiting the most interesting places for tourists has drastically decreased. According to the latest figures published by Fréttablaðið, the number of visitors to Snæfellsjökull National Park in October fell by 90% between years.

Over the past month to the crater Saxhóllwhich is located on Snæfellsnes Peninsula an average of nine people climbed every day. About 15% of visitors to the national park go to the crater Saxhóll.

This data was made available by a machine that counts the number of times the gate to Saxhóll has been opened. Thus, it was noted that in the period from October 18 to November 18, the place was visited by 265 people.

This indicates a large drop in visitor attendance due to the pandemic, reports the Environmental Protection Agency. Last year the place was visited by 29,000 people; this year it was just over 3,000.

National park ranger Jón Björnsson said there were various improvements to the park’s premises. This summer, the car park next to the crater was renovated and enlarged, and the road leading to it was also repaired.

He looks forward to tracking the numbers on the new numerator in the coming years.

Source: Yle




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