Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017
A tourist has been slammed as an “idiot” and a “moron” after posting a video of a hike they took in Iceland. The footage, posted on YouTube, shows the unnamed hiker traversing a narrow ledge high up the Fjadrargljufur canyon in southern Iceland. It ticked the anger on the internet — as well as local Iceland tourism operators for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it’s dangerous. The hiker doesn’t appear to be using proper safety equipment, in spite of the fact the video shows them walking across a ledge barely wider than their foot in parts. The Fjadrargljufur canyon and the Fjaora River run for 2 kms, with drops of 100m.
Secondly, Iceland is known to have a vulnerable ecosystem, which means stomping over its delicate landscape can destroy it.
According to a local tour guide, “The nature is getting torn up in that area because people don’t respect boundaries. Now this person has made a video of their stupidity and posted it online, it will probably motivate more irresponsible tourists to do stupid things.”
On YouTube, other travellers have slammed the unnamed tourist, saying it is ruining travel for everyone.
Several reports have been published on Iceland’s unique environment and how a tourism boom is literally destroying it. The number of visitors making their way to the Nordic island nation in Europe has more than tripled in six years.
Some 2.3 million tourists will trek through Iceland this year, according to forecasts, which is almost seven times the country’s population of just 335,000.