Yes there is people over all Iceland this summer, and if you want to go to enjoy the landscape you can’t because there is people everywhere.
I have to say that I was very disappointed on my trip to Iceland this month. This was a family trip and we took our son in law (to be) with us and of course we had to show him all the great places that defines Iceland such as Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir and some waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and last but not least Vestmannaeyjar. But on allt these places you can’t enjoy the landscape and the nature because there is thousands of people everywhere and I have to say that the Icelandic governments needs to step up now and say enough is enough and stop this nonsense. We can’t risk ruin our beautiful land with greed and the land can’t handle so many people in many years.
When I was photographing on these places I try’d to take pictures without people but that was not possible.
First we visit Geysir or Strokkur which is the geysir that is active all day long and I have never seen so many people in one place in Iceland and there is no festival there.
And people line up all around Strokkur to see it, I can understand that but what I can’t understand is why the travel agency’s can invite so many people in our country. Couldn’t we just say it is sold out!
And in my family album there are photos of people from all around the world posing in front of Icelandic monuments.
Thank God I’ve been here many years ago when there were only around 60 people at this place.
Next is Gullfoss and there was just as many people as at Geysir.
If you look closely at this picture you can see the people lining up at the top of the mountain and they look like straws, but it is people all over.
And the big worm is people in a row, walking to the platform where you can see and fell the power of this amazing waterfall.
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The wide Hvítá rushes southward, and about a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 metres or 36 feet, and 21 metres or 69 feet) into a crevice 32 metres (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 metres (66 ft) wide and 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running down the waterfall is 140 cubic metres (4,900 cu ft) per second in the summer and 80 cubic metres (2,800 cu ft) per second in the winter. The highest flood measured was 2,000 cubic metres (71,000 cu ft) per second.
My daughter looking at the waterfall (and the people of course)
Ok, this reminds me of Preikestolen here in Norway and there is so many people also, so maybe Iceland isn’t the only country that needs to reduce the turist at these popular places.
Seljalandsfoss and the weather is not good, rain and wind but people all over and if you look closely here you can see the people in a line behind the waterfall also.
People, people, people….. but at least they have overcoats in bright beautiful colors.
In Vestmannaeyjar there were not so many turist like in the other places thank God, because this is my hometown or should I say my home island and I was looking forward to show the kids the nature and landscape there.
Þingvellir is another favorite place, there we have a small summerhouse so that is our home in Iceland when we travel there after we moved to Norway, and there is people everywhere there also.
I do remember walking this trale alone but I don’t think that is possible in these times.
I you would like to Iceland without people I think you have to go there in the fall or the spring because in the winter there is also many turist enjoying the snow etc.
But not get me wrong, I so love my country and belive that it is one of the most beautiful countrys in the world. But I don’t like the millions of people walking there, and you can imagine that the 330.000 people that lives there does disappear when there are so many turist there.
In 2016 there came 1.767.726 foreigner to Iceland and they say 2017 is more.
Have a nice day and remember to enjoy live,
yours Kristin @Mirra Photography