Lonely Planet Writer

Icelandic hot spring tourist damage: owners consider extreme measures

The landscape around Flúðir.
Flúðir, Iceland. Image by Dyniss Rainer / CC BY-SA 2.0

An Icelandic hot spring has been damaged so badly by tourists that the owners have considered bulldozing it. The Hrunalaug hot spring, near Flúðir is popular with tour groups, and some visitors have starting camping on the site, despite signs forbidding this. The spring was built up for bathing in 1900 and is not designed for large numbers of people. The owners also considered a neighbour’s offer of manure spray, which they hoped might reduce the number of visitors. Read more: grapevine.is