March 12, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland: The government plans to implement a special Nature-Pass next year. Foreign tourists and Icelanders will have to buy the pass, if they want to see some of the countries most famous locations. The fee will be used to maintain the locations.
This was recently deemed necessary since tourism in Iceland has grown extremely fast and many of Iceland's most popular locations are often very crowded. An entrance fee has not been used up to now, but since the most popular locations are poorly maintained, a fee has to be charged to pay for maintenance. To make things simple, the pass will allow access to many locations, so travelers will not have to pay at each location.
The Golden Circle is the most popular tour in Iceland, and on that tour you visit for example Geysir Geothermal Area. That area can not handle all this traffic without greatly increasing maintenance, and it is estimated that around €3 million are needed to fix the area.
Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce, said that according to the suggestions from the ministry the fees will be in three categories. 2.000 ISK (€12.8) for 4 days, 3.000 ISK (€19.2) for one month and 5.000 ISK (€32) for five years.