The Icelandic nature is by far the largest factor attracting tourists and is one of the most valuable resource of tourism in Iceland. At the same time there is an increasing demand of energy production especially in the uninhabited central highlands, which cover most of the interior of Iceland and are mostly uninhabitable.
The central highlands are majestic and beautiful.....simply mindblowing!
If you haven't already been there you have a lot to experience. You can find ice, volcanoes lava fields, hidden valleys and geothermal wonders. You can actually go a whole day without seeing a single person, imagine that. What is even more exciting is that the highlands can only be traversed during the summer months.
Unspoilt nature is an invaluable resource Organisations such as Landvernd are raising awareness that unspoilt nature is a more powerful and more sustainable resource in the long run compared to increased energy development in particular the construction of large hydropower plants and other infrastructures. Implementation of about 20 plants are in the pipelines.That is development on a HUGE scale for a relatively small country. Preservation for life Sadly but true, construction in the central highlands has already resulted in decreased size of wilderness areas in Iceland. Nature conservation associations, propose that the central highlands of Iceland will be protected with the establishment of a national park. Maybe it should be listed as a World Heritage Site?? For our children I strongly believe it is important to protect the area from further energy development, not only for the benefits of tourism but also for future generations to experience an unspoilt and unparallel wilderness, which is the central highlands of Iceland.
Photo by Ragnar Axelsson (RAX),published with permission
Photo by Ragnar Axelsson (RAX), published with permission
Photo by Ragnar Axelsson (RAX) published with permission