Safety in Seljalandsfoss needs to be improved


There is a great need for construction projects by Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in South Iceland to ensure the safety of tourists, Morgunblaðið reports. A system of trails, viewing platforms and rails is needed, as well as rockfall protection measures. Improvements are also needed for the nearby Gljúfrabúi waterfall.

This is the conclusion of a risk assessment of tourist attractions in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra, in the south of Iceland.

The report was written by Guðrún Guðjónsdóttir, an environmental studies student at the Agricultural University of Iceland.

It is popular among tourists to hike behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, and the report states that you can assume that travelers who do so are unaware of the risk of falling rocks from the rock face.

“Although people familiar with the area know that it is quite common for rocks to fall in Seljalandsfoss, this is usually not officially announced,” the report said.

Suggestions for improvement include installing a hazard warning sign, building permanent steps, improving access by building better trails and viewing platforms, warning against risk of falling rocks, the installation of ropes or chains of support, the adoption of measures to protect people. against the rocks falling from the rock face and preventing people from walking to the upper edge of the waterfall, due to the danger they create for those below.

Over the past decade, nearly ISK 20 million (USD 152,000; EUR 134,000) has been spent on infrastructure at the Skógafoss waterfall in southern Iceland, projects that have significantly improved the quality of life. tourist safety.


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