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Archaeological sites should be introduced more to tourists in Iceland

Archaeological sites should be introduced more to tourists who visit Iceland, says the director of the Institute of Archaeology. Load could be taken off the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland by directing tourists more to archaeological sites

Most of the tourists who come to Iceland visit some of the many natural wonders, Icelander do not have any large buildings from the viking age, which could be visited. Archaeological sites store the history of Iceland, they are many but not very visible to tourists.

"In Iceland there are few places that are visible or known, maybe around 10 archaeological remains that travelers might consider to visit. Other remains or not known to many, but there are around 120 thousand archaeological remains in Iceland and this is therefore just a small fraction" said Adolf Fridriksson, director of the Institute of Archaeology.

Adolf points out that in Myvatnssveit in North Iceland, people are worried about the most popular tourist attractions because of heavy load from tourists. It would be wise to direct more tourists to archaeological sites. "Here at Lake Myvatn, there are 1250 remains and nobody visits them". Adolf says that if the government would support this, it would be possible to create many more destinations for travelers. By choosing certain sites located close to the highway, increase access and marketing, it would be possible to direct tourists to these places.

 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 20:34

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