Lonely Planet Writer

Iceland’s parliament calls for nationwide study of tourism risks

A group treks through Akureyri Iceland on horse back.
A group treks through Akureyri Iceland on horse back. Image by Brian Gratwicke / CC BY 2.0

Icelandic MPs from all political parties have submitted a resolution to parliament calling for a risk assessment of tourism to be carried out. The assessment will consider whether rules governing trips to dangerous parts of the country should be introduced. It aims to reduce the number of incidents that take place in Iceland’s wilderness areas and manage the cost of search and rescue operations. Tourist numbers are soaring in Iceland, with activities including hiking, horse riding, whale watching, glacier treks and scuba diving proving popular, and concerns about the resulting risks and environmental impact have grown. Read more: icelandreview.com