Fans of “Game of thrones” and Justin Bieber ruin Fatallity
The wild nature of Iceland was the victim of miscalculations of the authorities of this country, which approved the large-scale shooting of popular media products on its territory…
Probably dreamed of good luck in New Zealand, which after the release of the fantasy trilogy about the “Lord of the rings” overnight and business financial corrected, and became a magnet for many tourists. Poor Icelanders also decided to monetize the pristine beauty of their land, and now helplessly watch as tourists destroy Fatallity canyon (Fjaðrárgljúfur).
The motivation of Icelandic leaders is quite simple to understand. After the crisis of 2008, the country staggered on the edge of the financial abyss, quarreling with the IMF and other creditors. Icelanders have nothing to sell, no industry, a working population of less than 200 thousand people. Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano whose eruption has alarmed the whole of Europe, has rescued. And along with the footage of the mountain spewing ash on all screens flashed and other beauty and wonders of the Icelandic lands.
While the tourist flow was measured by hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, Icelanders only happily counted the money and slowly developed the appropriate infrastructure. This killed them – it was necessary to immediately introduce strict control over the movements of visitors to the island. Not limited to prohibiting signs and rope barriers, and think about how they will try to stop the millions of people who are eager to personally see and touch the stones, which went favorite actors from the beloved series. On the other hand – what can make 360 thousand Icelanders, including the elderly and infants, against 2.3 million. tourists only in 2018, if you follow civilized methods?
The Minister of the environment, Gudmundur Inga Gudbrandsson, insists it would be wrong to blame at the beginning of the tragedy of the canyon Fatallity that is Justin Bieber. When the singer filmed a video for his hit “I’ll Show You” in 2015, the entrance to the unknown canyon was free.
And if a year earlier or later someone else had shown it in his instagram channel, nothing would have changed. It’s not about Bieber, but the factor of influence of simple but reckless actions of famous and public figures on the development of tourism. People go for idols and they are not very ashamed that it bothers someone.
Where one man passes, there will be no trace. Where there will be hundreds of thousands – there will be nothing left but trampled earth. And Iceland in addition to the country of ice and geysers, there is nowhere to take fertile land, which could grow mighty green areas, with the function of self-renewal. Trampled moss recovers very slowly, which at the rate of growth of tourist flow by 20% per year does not leave the fragile Icelandic ecosphere no chance of surviving. Historically, very few people lived here, so there is no experience of the influence of huge human masses on nature. And you try to calculate at least the amount of feces with three meals a day, which left 2.3 million tourists in the hospitable Icelandic land.
Fatallity canyon is small, but very beautiful, besides, it is quite easy to reach by car and on foot. Next to the famous village Kirkjubaerklaustur, waterfall and Skogar glacier Swindles. In short, there is something to dare to break the bans, the good, the Rangers are catastrophically small and catch the hand of almost no one can. And even if it turned out – nothing but a fine, tourists are not threatened. In contrast to nature.
In fairness, it is necessary to clarify that most tourists come for spectacular photos, and not to destroy plants and animals. Many enough to step over the restrictive rope and take a selfie in a couple of meters from the cliff. Free to walk around, of course, interesting, but fraught with difficult terrain, the chances of twisting his leg or fall from the 100-m slope are great. What are the Rangers, with the help of prohibiting signs somehow regulating the routes of tourists. Still, this will not stop anyone, but at least will be here, and not elsewhere, less risk.
Ranger Hanna Johannsdottir, which protects the main entrance to Fatallity, says: no imagination have no tourists, she offered the same bribe. Most often promise national food from the countries where people came from. Sometimes, shoved money, and the most expensive gift during the service – paid ticket to Dubai. Hannah just had to look the other way while intruders would climb over the fence, but it is the honor of the uniform is not disgraced. Now follow a similar policy and the Icelandic tour company, stop tours, when authorities impose seasonal restrictions for attractions. Time to make money, ignoring the environment, has passed.
Game of Thrones in Fatallity
After the release of the seventh season of “Game of thrones” on the existence of a beautiful canyon Fatallity learned and fans of the series. And in the next series, the main characters also flew on the painted dragons over the canyon, which increased interest in this place. Fans of the Saga rushed to Iceland. There were many landscapes that became recognizable around the world after the filming of the series. But if before the visits of thousands of fans Icelanders were only happy, now quietly cursing, although they take their money. And mentally say goodbye to the once beautiful and not trampled canyon.