Fjaðrárgljúfur Gorge, a popular tourist destination in Southern Iceland, has been sold from one individual owner to another. The Icelandic government had the right to buy land for the country, but foresaw that right. However, Minister of the Environment GuðlaugurÞórÞórðarson and the buyer of the property have signed an agreement to work towards the protection of the site.
The 315 hectares of picturesque canyon and its surroundings were put up for sale six years ago. The buyer made an offer for the property earlier this year and it was accepted. However, because Fjaðrárgljúfur is registered in Iceland’s Nature Maintenance Register, the state had the right to pre-purchase land. This means that if you choose to do so, it may intervene and take over purchases from future landowners. The government eventually decided not to exercise that right, but the Minister of the Environment has now signed an agreement with future landowners who are expected to ensure the protection of the canyon.
According to a government notice announcing the agreement, the Ministry of the Environment did not believe it needed to intervene in the purchase to ensure that the area was protected. This agreement ensures that regional protection and necessary infrastructure development will be a joint project between the state and new owners.
Parking fees may be listed
So far, no on-site admission or parking fees have been charged. The government notice, in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act, “collection of fees must not impede or impede the free movement of people in protected areas that do not use parking lots”, and “collection and disposal of fees shall be. You may be charged a car parking fee, which shall be used in its entirety to develop services, operations, and infrastructure for people traveling in the area. “
The notice also states that neighboring landowners who own land that contains part of the canyon have expressed their willingness to cooperate in the protection of Fjaðrárgljúfur.
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